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NCLEX, CGFNS & NCLEX Endorsement, visa screen questions...

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by ianbrat021104 ianbrat021104 (New) New

Hi all!

I just have some questions regarding the above issues. I've submitted my requirements to Saipan and took the NCLEX for it. Unfortulately, I wasn't able to reach the passing standard. In a few months, I'll be joining my husband in Iowa as a dependent (H4 visa). Here are my questions:

a. Do I need to resubmit all the stuff that I submitted to Saipan in the first place if I would take the NCLEX in Iowa (as a test center) and still take NCLEX for Saipan?

b. I'm aware that the state of Iowa needed the CGFNS but Saipan does not. Does it mean that I can't endorse my NCLEX Saipan to Iowa if I don't take the CGFNS?

c. I'll be having a change of status someday when my husband gets his greencard...and I'm aware that a visa screen certificate specific to the state of residence is needed. Among the requirements is a Credential Evaluation. Does it need to be through CGFNS? Coz there are other companies offering much lower prices.

I know I have a bunch of questions :confused: But I really appreciate the help. Thanks!

Jen

if your planning to work in IOWA better take the exam for the state of IOWA because if you take the saipan still during the endorsement you still have to comply what the IOWA requires.

if your husbnd applied for greencard difinetely you will be authomticaly have greencard and you dont need for visa screen.

yes there are some who offer credential evaluatio services but it depend on the state that accept it.

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 33 years experience.

Even when endorsing license you still have to meet state requirement for foreign nurse and if that means CGFNS exam then it needs to be done. Best thing there is contact BON and discuss with them their requirements. It may take years for your husband to get his greencard unless he has already submitted paperwork in the AOS window that opened up last July, don't expect it to reopen for a few years due to the high number of applications submitted then. Up to you if you go with another company for credential evaluation but a) make sure BON excepts alternatives to CGFNS b) thing of the future and if you plan on doing other courses then CGFNS full course is usually a requirement so may be easier paying now instead of later when it may have gone up in price

There is no such thing as a Visa Screen Certificate being specific for only one state; there is only one VSC and it is valid for all.

Please take the time to read the Primer that I wrote at the top of this forum, it is apparent that there is much incorrect information that you do have.

The CES is for approval to even sit for the NCLEX exam, and it needs to be submitted to a state if that is there requirement before they will look at your application for licensure, even with endorsement. It has nothing to do with the VSC at all, even if someone holds a US passport, but trained out of the US, and the state requires the CES, then they need to do it.

Immmigration and licensure are two very different things.

Next question, is your husband already in the US with the H1-B visa, and has he actually been submitted for the green card via AOS status already by his employer? If not, you are looking at quite a few years before anything will be able to get done.

You can sit for the exam in Iowa and for the BON of Saipan, but be aware that nothing is computerized with them and not sure why you used them for initial licensure but it will also take much longer to endorse from them as well.

Hi all,

Wow I guess I got a lot of wrong infos. Thanks for the enlightenment. I'm going to read through your post Suzanne.

I just got off the phone with the Iowa BON. They told me that prior to taking the NCLEX for Iowa, I need a CGFNS certificate. But I was also told that if I can pass the NCLEX in a state that doesn't need a CGFNS cert, then I can just endorse it to the state of Iowa without taking the CGFNS exam.

My husband is still in H1B status and only the I-140 was filed, no I-485 or AOS yet. I hope I'm saying the right things here :rolleyes: Could be years yet...but miracles do happen :yeah: That, or denial...:no:

Thanks for all the inputs.

Jen

You need to read the requirements that Iowa has listed for you to be able to endorse to there. They do not automatically just give you a license there because you have one thru another state or territory.

There was just an open window for the I-485, so if your husband did not get in on that, you are looking at years before there will be any green card and any chance of you working here.

Not sure how you came up with Saipan for licensure, but not a good idea in any case.

Miracles do not happen when there are 800,000 I-485 petitions that were submitted last summer here. Suggest that you take the time to do some reading here, and be aware that it is going to be years before you will be able to work here, you can be here only as his dependent.

Visa screen - What exactly do they screen?

Do they deny the applicant? If they do, what are the reasons, that they would deny?

So, I've been reading about retrogression and all. I am a BSN grad from US and just got my license and on F1. So, even if an employer is willing to sponsor me there is no way I can work right now. Am I understanding correct? Or what are my options? Because, It would be really nice, if I could start making use of my license ASAP. And, then I'm afraid also, the license might go inactive, if I don't use, I'd hate to take NCLEX again. I know there are so many like me who feel the same way. Please advise me or give me some facts/information. Much appreicated. I am very very lost in this matter and overwhelmed with all the information.

Thank you so much. God bless.

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 33 years experience.

Visa screen - What exactly do they screen?

Do they deny the applicant? If they do, what are the reasons, that they would deny?

So, I've been reading about retrogression and all. I am a BSN grad from US and just got my license and on F1. So, even if an employer is willing to sponsor me there is no way I can work right now. Am I understanding correct? Or what are my options? Because, It would be really nice, if I could start making use of my license ASAP. And, then I'm afraid also, the license might go inactive, if I don't use, I'd hate to take NCLEX again. I know there are so many like me who feel the same way. Please advise me or give me some facts/information. Much appreicated. I am very very lost in this matter and overwhelmed with all the information.

Thank you so much. God bless.

VSC is to ensure that you meet US immigration requirements ie pass NCLEX and other nursing licensure requirements, if necessary pass in English exam, education meets both secondary and professional eduction and comparable to the US and license validation of all issued licenses. If trained in the US then English exam is exempt

Yes you are correct at the moment there is no way for you to work if you have an employer as only able to file I140 but I485 is what allows you to work and can not be filed due to retrogression and no idea when that will alter but probably looking at a few years. You won't need to re take NCLEX as long as you keep license active and meet any requirements. The only way at the moment to stay in the US is to stay at school

Thank you so much.

So, my only option is stay in school then ...

What if I go into nursing research and then apply for H1B? Is that possible?

Is there any other options you could suggest someoe in my situation in addition to school? And, also, if I want to go for my MSN, how long will it take me for the whole process? OPT is out of question, because I have already used it for my BSN degree. And, if someone has already used their OPT for BSN, do they get another opt, if they get separate ASSOCIATE's degree? Or is it just once for Bachelors and associates?

P.s. if I have been out of status once, but now in status, is that going to be a hindrance in my future correspondences with USICIS? Thank you so much again. Much appreciated. God bless.

You can only get another OPT if it is for a master's degree, you can only go up in training and not done to the associate degree.

New grad and it will be hard to get the H1-B, there are few to begin with and there is a cap on them and the submission for them for the next fiscal year was two weeks ago. So that is not even an option.

Sarep1218

Specializes in E.R,med-surg. Has 5 years experience.

Hello everyone! Hope everyone can help me.. I have a headache with ths vsa screen... During my applicati0n for cgfns cp exam, there's a question on the applction, professional educ: list of schools attended whether you completed or not,so i put my previous school and the school that i'v graduated, so the cgfns informed my school to waived my transcript. So if i will apply for visa screen do i need to put again my previous school on the visa screen application or not?Thank you! God bless..

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 33 years experience.

Complete the paperwork as it is set out and then they can re use the paperwork already submitted for CP

Sarep1218

Specializes in E.R,med-surg. Has 5 years experience.

Hello everyone! Just asking! I already passed my documents and requirements for visa screen to ichp before my ielts expires. And i checked my cgfns account and it confirmed that they recieved all the necessary documents and payment, and it says certificate:waiting for approval. How many days will the ichp releases visa screen? And are they going to continue reviewing such documents even my ielts expires? Thank you!

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 33 years experience.

Your IELTS needs to be in date on the date they look at your file. How long have you got left on IELTS? on average takes 4 months from start to VSC being issued

i already passed both the NCLEX (NY) and IELTS but i do not have an agency/employer. i was planning to get a visa screen just so i won't have to worry about my ielts expiring. is it ok for me to do so or do i need an employer? there's a question in the application form about the purpose of the VS, i don't know what to check. help pls :)

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 33 years experience.

i already passed both the NCLEX (NY) and IELTS but i do not have an agency/employer. i was planning to get a visa screen just so i won't have to worry about my ielts expiring. is it ok for me to do so or do i need an employer? there's a question in the application form about the purpose of the VS, i don't know what to check. help pls :)

To be honest I would hang off getting vsc until you have employer and your IELTS is going to expire (about 6 months before it expires)

You do not need a employer to get vsc

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