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I am a new member from Maryland. Greetings to every one.

I am a fresh graduate from Montgomery community college(2 year diploma). I would like to know how to get job because I am on H-4 visa and do not have social security number. I am going to take my NCLEX exam in first week of July,2007. I heard that Green card numbers are exhausted for foreign nurses.

If any body has solutions for my problem, please send me suggestions. What is going on in senate for nurses?

Thanking you

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Moved your thread to the International forum where it is more appropriate.

Currently, there are no visas available for you to work with in the US. The only open avenue would have been if you had the F-1 visa and then could qualify for the OPT. But since that is out of the question for you, go ahead and get the requirements that you will need out of the way.

Take the NCLEX-RN and then apply for the Visa Screen Certificate thru CGFNS. Even though you trained in the US, you will need to have that for immigration and the green card process. There are no visas available for any nurse at this time, and until they are available, you will not be able to start work of any type. Once there are visas available, you can get an employer and go thru the AOS route, which is Adjustment of Status. That process will permit you to work once you get the EAD that is part of it and will permit you to get a SSN#. But at this time, there is not one thing that you can do legally.

There are many others in the same predicament as you, you are definitely not alone in this. Do not expect any visas available before November at the earliest, so you may wish to continue on with your studies, or get experience doing some volunteer work. But at least you have a visa that will permit you to remain in the US, not all are that lucky.

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Moved your thread to the International forum where it is more appropriate.

Currently, there are no visas available for you to work with in the US. The only open avenue would have been if you had the F-1 visa and then could qualify for the OPT. But since that is out of the question for you, go ahead and get the requirements that you will need out of the way.

Take the NCLEX-RN and then apply for the Visa Screen Certificate thru CGFNS. Even though you trained in the US, you will need to have that for immigration and the green card process. There are no visas available for any nurse at this time, and until they are available, you will not be able to start work of any type. Once there are visas available, you can get an employer and go thru the AOS route, which is Adjustment of Status. That process will permit you to work once you get the EAD that is part of it and will permit you to get a SSN#. But at this time, there is not one thing that you can do legally.

There are many others in the same predicament as you, you are definitely not alone in this. Do not expect any visas available before November at the earliest, so you may wish to continue on with your studies, or get experience doing some volunteer work. But at least you have a visa that will permit you to remain in the US, not all are that lucky.

Susanne,

If Visa Bulletin for EB3 moves as it did for the last two months, then EB3 may become current before November. So there is another chance before CIR is passed. Lets all pray for EB3 become current.

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Hi

i am actually in the same situation as you. I just finished my 2 year Rn program and i am also here on an h-4 visa. I have been looking around but ofcourse no luck. I am planning to go back school ....looking into some options to do RN- MSN program.

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Susanne,

If Visa Bulletin for EB3 moves as it did for the last two months, then EB3 may become current before November. So there is another chance before CIR is passed. Lets all pray for EB3 become current.

The EB-3 category moved up significantly for the June Bulletin, but be aware that those dates did not go into effect until June 1st. It is going to take them several months to go thru what they have on file there, it is not going to happen overnight.

CIR is now dead at this time, but may be more beneficial for the nurses as a separate bill for them could move forward. But again do not expect miracles to happen overnight.

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Hi

i am actually in the same situation as you. I just finished my 2 year Rn program and i am also here on an h-4 visa. I have been looking around but ofcourse no luck. I am planning to go back school ....looking into some options to do RN- MSN program.

Until there are visas available under the Adjustment of Status, you will not be permitted to work. And the H1-B is not even a viable alternative, even if it were available. It requires a Bachelor's degree. And they are already gone for October and will not even be available until April of 2008. So never a viable option by any means.

But if you would have switched to the F-1 status for your last semester, especially since there was a retrogression in place, you could have been working now with the OPT. There were several that did this last fall and they are now working.

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Moved your thread to the International forum where it is more appropriate.

Currently, there are no visas available for you to work with in the US. The only open avenue would have been if you had the F-1 visa and then could qualify for the OPT. But since that is out of the question for you, go ahead and get the requirements that you will need out of the way.

Take the NCLEX-RN and then apply for the Visa Screen Certificate thru CGFNS. Even though you trained in the US, you will need to have that for immigration and the green card process. There are no visas available for any nurse at this time, and until they are available, you will not be able to start work of any type. Once there are visas available, you can get an employer and go thru the AOS route, which is Adjustment of Status. That process will permit you to work once you get the EAD that is part of it and will permit you to get a SSN#. But at this time, there is not one thing that you can do legally.

There are many others in the same predicament as you, you are definitely not alone in this. Do not expect any visas available before November at the earliest, so you may wish to continue on with your studies, or get experience doing some volunteer work. But at least you have a visa that will permit you to remain in the US, not all are that lucky.

Hi Suzanne,

I am a Nurse, who has finished my Nclex-Rn from CA Board of Nursing and is on H4 visa, i was thinking how i will get some experience in the mean time.

1>Is it possible to get experience by volunteering?

2>If i wish to continue on my studies how can i do that?

I will appreciate if you can suggest me on this.

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You can volunteer at a hospital or with a non-profit organization; but you do not have a CA license, therefore cannot do anything that requires a license. Passing of the NCLEX-RN for CA does not give you a license number and that is needed by all for any non-paid work in the RN role.

With the H-4 visa, you cannot get the SSN#, and therefore do not have a license. There is volunteer work, as well as continuing on with your studies. That would probably be the most beneficial to you. The more courses that you do, the better it will be for you.

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