Moving to USA from Canada - Social Work...Nurse?

  1. I'm interested in moving to the USA from Canada. I'm hoping California. I'm currently a social worker (completing my MSW here) but am considering perhaps doing a nursing degree thinking it would help my chances of being able to move to the states (also I have always wanted to be a nurse...).

    What are the chances I would get hired as a social worker in California (assuming I become licensed)....does anyone know what the job market is like?

    If I want to be a nurse in California, should I do schooling here in Canada (WAY cheaper) or should I move down to do it in the states (way more expensive but perhaps less hassle with immigration?)

    Thanks for all your advice! My husband is a lawyer is also considering his options...we are just starting to research so please forgive my lack of knowledge.
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  3. by   loriangel14
    Going to nursing school in the US will not make immigration any easier.You will still have to go through the normal process.
  4. by   Nonetheless
    Finding a job as a new grad is BRUTAL in California. New grads can take over a year to find their first job.
  5. by   Sam J.
    Despite the crisis in nursing jobs here the U.S. still is importing 1000's of foreign nurses under the guise that there is a nursing shortage. This is pure fantasy. I also know social workers here than cannot find work (in health care arenas). Might want to start talking to an immigration lawyer, maybe one on each side of the border?
  6. by   loriangel14
    She doesn't need an immigration lawyer, as a Canadian nurse she could apply for a Tn visa. finding a job would be the problem.
  7. by   joanna73
    California used to hire Canadian nurses, social workers and PTs without a problem. That's all changed since 2011, because their own locally educated nurses are not finding jobs. The BON has essentially shut out international nurses, unless you have 2 years experience and a specialty such as ICU, OR, ER, or an advanced practise degree.

    I had wanted to move to California myself, and I have family there. I also have nursing experience, but not in those areas. Until nursing improves overall, a move to California is very unlikely, especially for new grads. Travel nursing is a possibility, but you'll require 2 years full time experience in something first.

    Unless you're willing to settle in rural areas, the days of migrating are over for now in the US. When I applied to Santa Barbara in 2010, the recruiter informed me that she had 600 applications for two positions. She also informed me that 2 years nursing experience was the requirement to be considered, due to the volume of applicants.