Tourist visa and CRNE

  1. Hi. I'm a nurse here in the Philippines. I am also registered in the US. Now, I'm preparing to register and eventually take the CRNE. My questions are, how likely will the visa officer grant me a tourist visa in case i will be scheduled to take the exam? Is there a possibility that i will be denied of such even if i already have the authority to write the CRNE? My brother who is an immigrant of Canada has sent me an invitation to go there,will it help? I'm skeptical to proceed because payment i will make for the exam will definitely be forfeited because CRNE is within Canada only unlike NCLEX. Can somebody help me out. thanks a lot.
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  3. by   Silverdragon102
    Moved to the international forum as per the red banner.

    It is hard to predict whether you will get a tourist visa or not. You will need to show plenty of proof that you plan on returning home after you sat the exam. Alternative is to look for a employer and look to work before you sit CRNE. Several members have done it that way and worked prior sitting the exam just be aware there may be conditions set it you fail the exam you may not be able to continue to work
  4. by   rogue2578
    Question Gee Man...do you already have an eligibility to take the CRNE?
    Taking CRNE and acquiring a Canadian Temporary Resident Permit (visit visa) are two different forces to hurdle.
    Even if you have an eligibility to take the CRNE it does not gives you enough reason to be granted a visa. A letter of invitation from your brother may or may not help with your visa application. As matter of fact it even gives a hint of disadvantage , because from a consul's point of view that you might over stay and live with your brother in Canada.

    The important thing when you decide to proceed with your application is you should prove a strong binding ties to the Philippines . Ties such as a school attandance , stable employment or businesses, family, assests, finances as well as a good travel history.

    You can take silverdragon's advise to look for an employer then take the CRNE eventually. Just an advise but its up to you ofcourse.
  5. by   shubichilipepper
    Quote from Gee Man
    Hi. I'm a nurse here in the Philippines. I am also registered in the US. Now, I'm preparing to register and eventually take the CRNE. My questions are, how likely will the visa officer grant me a tourist visa in case i will be scheduled to take the exam? Is there a possibility that i will be denied of such even if i already have the authority to write the CRNE? My brother who is an immigrant of Canada has sent me an invitation to go there,will it help? I'm skeptical to proceed because payment i will make for the exam will definitely be forfeited because CRNE is within Canada only unlike NCLEX. Can somebody help me out. thanks a lot.

    Hi Gee_Man!!

    May I know please which province did you apply for your eligibility to sit for CRNE?
    Thank you in advance for your reply.
  6. by   Gee Man
    Quote from rogue2578
    Question Gee Man...do you already have an eligibility to take the CRNE?
    Taking CRNE and acquiring a Canadian Temporary Resident Permit (visit visa) are two different forces to hurdle.
    Even if you have an eligibility to take the CRNE it does not gives you enough reason to be granted a visa. A letter of invitation from your brother may or may not help with your visa application. As matter of fact it even gives a hint of disadvantage , because from a consul's point of view that you might over stay and live with your brother in Canada.

    The important thing when you decide to proceed with your application is you should prove a strong binding ties to the Philippines . Ties such as a school attandance , stable employment or businesses, family, assests, finances as well as a good travel history.

    You can take silverdragon's advise to look for an employer then take the CRNE eventually. Just an advise but its up to you ofcourse.
    Don't have the eligibility yet. I don't know if i should continue with it because of this visa concern. I was thinking that a consul might consider issuing a visa for the sake of allowing someone to take an exam just like my friends who took the NCLEX in Guam- a US territory. Anyway. thanks a lot for the help. I guess i need to do something first before proceeding with my application to ensure approval of visa. Your advices are worth pondering.
  7. by   Gee Man
    Quote from shubichilipepper
    Hi Gee_Man!!

    May I know please which province did you apply for your eligibility to sit for CRNE?
    Thank you in advance for your reply.


    I'm processing my registration in the college of registered nurses of nova scotia.
  8. by   shubichilipepper
    Gee Man, thank you.!
    Just Like you,, I thought then that once an appicant has her/his eligibility already especially for the IEN, they have more chances of getting an approval for a visa(tourist) to sit for CRNE prior to having an employer.
  9. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    Quote from shubichilipepper
    Gee Man, thank you.!
    Just Like you,, I thought then that once an appicant has her/his eligibility already especially for the IEN, they have more chances of getting an approval for a visa(tourist) to sit for CRNE prior to having an employer.
    Just as rogue2578 has said, eligibility to write the CRNE is just that, and only that. It only guarantees you the opportunity to write the exam. Visas are completely separate issues and the Colleges of Nursing will NOT assist in that endeavor under any circumstances. The Canadian Immigration Service is watching those people who have been granted tourist visas to come over and write the exam to be sure they return to their home countries when they're done and they are not hesitating to deport those who don't. You need to prove to them that you have strong ties in your home country and will be returning there before your visa expires BEFORE they will issue you a tourist visa. Stating that you're coming here to write a professional licensing exam is a red flag that suggests, rightly or wrongly, that you might not leave afterwards and therefore are not really a "tourist". It's a bit of a Catch-22 in the sense that you can't get a TWP to come over and write the exam, because you need to have an offer of employment to get that, and almost no one will give you one of those without being reasonably certain you'll be able to take the job... meaning passing the SEC/CRNE/IELTS and so on. And you can't get a tourist visa to come and do those exams without proven intent to return home.

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