Need Help! Fiancee Visa Question(California)

  1. Hi! Good evening to allnurses members.. I'm an American citizen residing here in California working as a RN.. I just have a question regarding the Fiancee visa.. I decided to arrange the papers of my Fiancee who is currently living in the Philippines right now thru Fiancee Visa.. She graduated from nursing school last May,2009 and I just want to find out..Before she's going to be here in California, does she still need to take her local board exam in Philippines before she can practice to be a RN here in California? What other test does she need to pass before being eligible to be RN here in California?
    I know the other things she need just in case she only needs to pass the NCLEX exam (like SSN, working permit and being married when she will be here in USA).. I would really appreciate all your help.. Godbless to all!
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  3. by   tobby_walter
    she needs to take the local board exam as it is one of the new added requirement being implemented by the california bon. i believe being a graduate here in the philippines and as a foreign educated nurse one must meet the standard of bon. and even though you will be petitioning her under fiance visa , she is still holding the Philippines passport which means there is no reason why she cant take the NLE. i dnt get why your future wife does not want to take the said exam? in hurry of going there? well with the current recession specially in California where the rate of unemployed is extremely high, and being a new gradutae without any work experience , she will be having a hard time landing a job. i suggest she take the nle and at the same time she review for the nlcex .
  4. by   Itzallgood
    Quote from tobby_walter
    she needs to take the local board exam as it is one of the new added requirement being implemented by the california bon. i believe being a graduate here in the philippines and as a foreign educated nurse one must meet the standard of bon. and even though you will be petitioning her under fiance visa , she is still holding the Philippines passport which means there is no reason why she cant take the NLE. i dnt get why your future wife does not want to take the said exam? in hurry of going there? well with the current recession specially in California where the rate of unemployed is extremely high, and being a new gradutae without any work experience , she will be having a hard time landing a job. i suggest she take the nle and at the same time she review for the nlcex .
    Taking Local is not a requirement for Califronia BON

    http://www.rn.ca.gov/applicants/lic-exam.shtml

    IN ADDITION FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS:
    • A. Send Breakdown of Educational Program for International Nursing Programs form to your school with the Request for Transcript form. Also provide the Certified English Translation form to your certified translator if your transcript is not in English. (See Supplemental Application Instructions for International Graduates with the application.)
    • B. Submit a copy of your license or diploma that allows you to practice professional nursing in the country where you were educated. If you do not hold a license, a written explanation is required. Also, provide copies of your certificates for midwifery and psychiatric nursing, if applicable.

    If you have any questions contact the California BON directly.
  5. by   Itzallgood
    Regardin NLE in Philippines

    I would get her to USA as soon as possible, She will not be able to get any work experience in Philippines as a nurse.

    After she enters USA, get married and submit her work permit with your AOS and she should have her Employee Work Authorization card in about 60 days.
  6. by   Silverdragon102
    The end decision is with the BON and we have had many members state they have had problems with Ca because they did not have a local license. Personally I think they should pass NLE if they can sit it and be qualified in the country they did their nurse training and it does take time for the paperwork to be completed for a visa to the US
  7. by   cybercyke
    Quote from tobby_walter
    she needs to take the local board exam as it is one of the new added requirement being implemented by the california bon. i believe being a graduate here in the philippines and as a foreign educated nurse one must meet the standard of bon. and even though you will be petitioning her under fiance visa , she is still holding the Philippines passport which means there is no reason why she cant take the NLE. i dnt get why your future wife does not want to take the said exam? in hurry of going there? well with the current recession specially in California where the rate of unemployed is extremely high, and being a new gradutae without any work experience , she will be having a hard time landing a job. i suggest she take the nle and at the same time she review for the nlcex .
    Sorry for the late reply.. I just got off from work.. Back to the topic, I want to thank you for your reply tobby_walter.. The reason why my fiancee will not take the NLE because she will not be practicing her profession in the Philippines.. I want to speed up everything because we've been for long distance relationship for 2 years and its very hard for us to stay like this.. In my experience, I didn't take the NLE in the Philippines since I'm a US citizen but I'm just wondering if its going to be the same.. I really appreciate your reply.. Again thank you.
  8. by   cybercyke
    Quote from Itzallgood
    Taking Local is not a requirement for Califronia BON

    http://www.rn.ca.gov/applicants/lic-exam.shtml

    IN ADDITION FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS:
    • A. Send Breakdown of Educational Program for International Nursing Programs form to your school with the Request for Transcript form. Also provide the Certified English Translation form to your certified translator if your transcript is not in English. (See Supplemental Application Instructions for International Graduates with the application.)
    • B. Submit a copy of your license or diploma that allows you to practice professional nursing in the country where you were educated. If you do not hold a license, a written explanation is required. Also, provide copies of your certificates for midwifery and psychiatric nursing, if applicable.

    If you have any questions contact the California BON directly.
    I read this one on the site but one of my coworkers told me that a license is a requirement starting this year but I cannot find the answer to my questions on the net.. That's why I post a thread here so I will find an answer from people who have similar experience with me. Thank you for your reply Itzallgood.. People here are really helpful.
  9. by   cybercyke
    Quote from Itzallgood
    Regardin NLE in Philippines

    I would get her to USA as soon as possible, She will not be able to get any work experience in Philippines as a nurse.

    After she enters USA, get married and submit her work permit with your AOS and she should have her Employee Work Authorization card in about 60 days.
    That's the thing I will really do if I find out license is not a requirement here in California.. I just want to make sure she can practice being a nurse here in California without a license from her origin.
  10. by   cybercyke
    Quote from Silverdragon102
    The end decision is with the BON and we have had many members state they have had problems with Ca because they did not have a local license. Personally I think they should pass NLE if they can sit it and be qualified in the country they did their nurse training and it does take time for the paperwork to be completed for a visa to the US
    Thank you for your reply Silverdragon.. That's true that the end decision is with the BON but I want to find out here in allnurses if someone has experienced what I'm experiencing right now.. Regarding the NLE, my fiancee said that the review for the next NLE had already started.. So I don't want to wait for months or years for her to take the NLE and get experience.. It's only a waste of time and money if she take the NLE then its not a requirement here in California.
  11. by   Silverdragon102
    To be honest you are better contacting the BRN and getting an answer straight from them, some members here have been lucky and just submitted a letter of explanation others haven't. Even if she doesn't plan on practising in the Philippines I don't think that is a good enough reasons not to sit the exam. I know it can be expensive but there is nothing stopping the boards of nursing in the US require a license in the country you have trained in
  12. by   Itzallgood
    Quote from Silverdragon102
    The end decision is with the BON and we have had many members state they have had problems with Ca because they did not have a local license. Personally I think they should pass NLE if they can sit it and be qualified in the country they did their nurse training and it does take time for the paperwork to be completed for a visa to the US
    Sorry Gonna have to disagree:

    There is not "Many", it was an isolated few many months ago. If you read other boards that deal with Philippines and nursing you will find that written explantion is all you need.

    Passing NLE if they plan on living and working in USA is waste of time and money, if they are not required by their states BON.

    Bottom line their is always mis infromation floating around regarding Nursing requirments from Nursing students from PI and working in USA.

    They real solution is to contact your local states BON directly and find out correct answer.
  13. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from Itzallgood
    Sorry Gonna have to disagree:

    There is not "Many", it was an isolated few many months ago. If you read other boards that deal with Philippines and nursing you will find that written explantion is all you need.

    Passing NLE if they plan on living and working in USA is waste of time and money, if they are not required by their states BON.

    Bottom line their is always mis infromation floating around regarding Nursing requirments from Nursing students from PI and working in USA.

    They real solution is to contact your local states BON directly and find out correct answer.
    Not sure why you think it is OK to train as a nurse but not sit the local exam (if you can)

    So if it is going to take the person over 5 years to get to the US how are they going to maintain adequate nursing experience? Employers will expect to see something and 5 years is a long time not to be working as a nurse and gaining experience
  14. by   Itzallgood
    Quote from Silverdragon102
    Not sure why you think it is OK to train as a nurse but not sit the local exam (if you can)

    So if it is going to take the person over 5 years to get to the US how are they going to maintain adequate nursing experience? Employers will expect to see something and 5 years is a long time not to be working as a nurse and gaining experience
    Sitting for Local Exam should be decided between the couple, who is coming to USA. I really see no need sit for local when they need to concentrate on getting Visa to USA.

    Sorry, I don't know where you come up with 5 years, The Poster just graduated last month and plans on doing a marriage Visa to USA, that only takes a few months.

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