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Hello I am an international educated nurse and will be migrating to the us by next year hopefully ....can u advise me as to the process in applying for the exam as an international nurse

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

Hello I am an international educated nurse and will be migrating to the us by next year hopefully ....can u advise me as to the process in applying for the exam as an international nurse

You do not apply for the exam. You apply for a nursing license by examination as an internationally educated nurse. You start with the board of nursing for the state where you wish to live and work. The information should be on the BoN website.

loriangel14, RN

Specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

What visa are planning on working under?

You do not apply for the exam. You apply for a nursing license by examination as an internationally educated nurse. You start with the board of nursing for the state where you wish to live and work. The information should be on the BoN website.[/QUOT

OK tnx you ....

It will be an immigration visa .....

Just a few more details will help out your concerns:

-- what year did you get your BSN degree?

-- what country is the degree from?

-- do you have a current and valid nursing license from your country?

-- how many years of paid working hospital experience do you have?

-- what state are you looking at to start working and practicing in once you pass the NCLEX-RN?

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JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

It will be an immigration visa .....

If you haven't yet applied, it will be difficult to find an employer willing to not only sponsor you but wait for your priority date to become current and hold the job open. The wait is anywhere from 3-15+ years depending on country of birth and type of visa.

Without a valid license (and honestly as the states implement the federal mandate that professional licenses ( not just nursing but any professional license including CPA and other industries) only be issued to citizens, legal permanent residents and those holding a valid work visa (essentially those holding a valid for work social security number).

Do you have paid experience as a nurse? Do you have specialty nursing experience & credentials? In other words what would make an employee want to hire you over a citizen, US educated nurse or legal permanent resident? How do you stand out from other candidates?

There is no shortage of nurses seeking employment in most of the US so there is not much incentive for employers to pay the expense to sponsor an inexperienced IEN and hold a job open.

loriangel14, RN

Specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

It will be an immigration visa .....

You you realize that depending on where you are from that can take years?

2011;Caribbean country;3yrs;florida

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

2011;Caribbean country;3yrs;florida

What are you trying to say?

Having a nursing license from a US state does not entitle you to an immigrant visa.

You have misunderstood me totally .....

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

You have misunderstood me totally .....

Please explain. It was hard to understand your last cryptic post

WookieeRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in PACU. Has 4 years experience.

I believe she is saying she got her BSN in 2011, is from the Caribbean, has 3 years of experience, and looking to move to Florida.

What type of immigrant visa are you coming over with?

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

Immigrant ......

EB3. There is retrogression in place depending on your country of birth. Passing the NCLEX does not = visa eligibility. A valid offer of employment and sponsorship with get you a priority date and in the queue for visa processing.

EB3 is currently processing applications from April 2011 so there is approximately a 3.5 year wait for visa processing once you obtain an offer of employment from an employer not only willing to sponsor you but hold the job for 3.5 years for you.

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The immigrant visa is already in the process .....being filed for by parents ..

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

The immigrant visa is already in the process .....being filed for by parents ..

If your parents are US citizens and you are unmarried the current priority date is 2007 (approx 7 year wait) if you are married it's 2003 (11 year wait) for your application to become current. The wait is a bit longer than 7 years for unmarried children of permanent residents under age 21, longer yet for unmarried children over age 21, and longer for married children of US PR.

Priority date is issued once your visa application is accepted and the visa bulletin is posted monthly by USCIS.

You may be eligible to apply for licensing by examination as an IEN to FL but last I checked, FL won't issue a license until you can provide a valid-for-work social security number. (SSN are restricted to citizens, permanent residents and those with a valid work visa). The application instructions for IENs are on the FL BoN.