From the beginning:
The nurse must pass either CGFNS exam or NCLEX plus the full set of English exams (meaning TOEFL, TSE, and TWE or the IELTS series with the academic branch and the speaking band to be able to qualify for a green card. This is a federa; requirement, not state, so it is required of every nurse who wants to get a green card to permanently reside and work in the US.
An example would be for NY: NY also requires a special credentails verification that is done by CGFNS, an application to NYS Board of Nursing, as well as the Visa Screen application.
Many hospitals are waiting for the nurse to pass English before they will offer a job, this is the preferred way, then they will submit a petition for the nurse called an I-140, as well as an I-765. If handles via Vermont office, this is done in a matter of weeks. NY takes any where from 2 to 4 months for the ATT letter, on average. Sometimes it can take up to a year if there was an incorrect birthdate, etc. Then the nurse can schedule for NCLEX. From Thailand, the nurse will usually fly to Saipan to take ithe exam. Beginning this January, the exam will be also given in Hong Kong and Seoul, South Korea. Once English scores, as well as NCLEX passing, are submitted to Visa Screen, they will issue the Visa Screen Certificate. This process takes abotu four months from when CGFNS receives the scores. The Certificate will need to accompany the nurse when she goes to the US Embassy for his/her interview.
This is the proper procedure to follow. So you can see that it is quite time consuming. However, if the nurse is in the US on a green card from a spouse, or is married to an American, then they do not have to submit for Visa Screen, and right now do not have to go thru the Visa Screen process.
Which menas that they do not need the English exams, personally, I think all nurses need the series, and I think that this ruling will eventually change.
With working in NY, you can have the green card in about one yearor a little less, right now for California, it is about tow years on average form the time that they apply to the BON there.
Hope that this helps................
(there currently are no temporary visas available, only the green card, and if the H1-B becomes available, it now requires the Visa Screen Certificate also, so the nurse is actually better off going for a green card.