Quote from suzanne4
If you will be a graduate of a US nursing school, then things will be different for you.
Best sugestion for you is to speak to your immigration attorney...............
If you pay all of your own immigreation fees, then you should not be locked into a hopsital contract because of them petitioning for you for the green card, however, there are quite a few hospitals that will require you to sign a contract because of the training that they are probviding for you..............and this is for any US trained nurse.
You need to give yourself at least one year where ever you go to to get the training that you need and feel comfortable with. I wouldn't go looking with the idea that you are going to leave after six months.............
You mean like those internships they offer to new graduate nurses? I don't mind those. I would welcome a year or 18 months doing that. It would sharpen my skills. What I am afraid of is getting an extra 2- 3 years tacked on because they petitioned my greencard.
I don't mind paying the fees. If it means I am treated like a new graduate then it is worth it. If something happens to my parents and I have to go home for a very extended period, then it would give me piece of mind knowing I am not short-changing the hospital and leaving, say 2/3's into an extended 2 year contract.
Do you know how long it takes to get a greencard for a new nurse not from the PIC countries? Will it come before the end of my OPT? I know the US embassy in the Bahamas rarely turns down requests for visas and are usually very friendly (mainly because Bahamians rarely immigrate). But you need a petition and a case number/date, right?
Given my F-1 status, should I use New york like you suggested?
I have contacted an immigration lawyer who specialises in nurse immigration, but I like to be as informed as I can, and keep my eye on the lawyer
Thank you so much for your response.