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Still Confused re Visa Screen

Maybe someone knows. I am currently working on a TN that expires in December. I do not have my visa screen. Come December, will I even be able to get another TN without the visa screen? Can I leave the country to visit now?

Thanks for any input!

Maybe someone knows. I am currently working on a TN that expires in December. I do not have my visa screen. Come December, will I even be able to get another TN without the visa screen? Can I leave the country to visit now?

Thanks for any input!

Have you sent all that you need for your visa screen certificate? As far as I know, if you go back into Canada and you do not have your visa screen you will not be allowed back into the US. I think that became effective July 24. I would call cgfns and really get on them about what they still need for you to obtain your visa screen. INS sucks!!:angryfire

Well, there have been a ton of changes recently with the requirements of the visa screen. I know quite a few Canadian nurses who in the last month really put it in first gear to get across the border. The last day to cross without one was the 24th of July. Are you currently employed in the States? I believe you will have to go through some hoops in order to stay. We have about 15 Canadian RNs employed in our hospital, maybe they can help??? Good luck.

Vick

Maybe someone knows. I am currently working on a TN that expires in December. I do not have my visa screen. Come December, will I even be able to get another TN without the visa screen? Can I leave the country to visit now?

Thanks for any input!

Actually I know someone who specializes in recruitment of Canadians. If you would like her contact information I can provide it, or if you would like her to contact you I can give her your information. If you are interested let me know, she would be of great assistance to you and nothing lost on your side.

Maybe someone knows. I am currently working on a TN that expires in December. I do not have my visa screen. Come December, will I even be able to get another TN without the visa screen? Can I leave the country to visit now?

Thanks for any input!

http://www.cgfns.org should have the article posted. When did you start your job? If you have been employed there before a certain date (sometime in 2003) you have a year's extension.

Here you go. If you were employed before Sept 23, 2003 you have until July 2005 to get the visa screen done.

http://www.cgfns.org/cgfns/index.html

Homeland Security Extends Deadline For Screening

Of Certain Foreign Healthcare Workers In U.S. ;

CGFNS Says Delay Offers Responsible And Targeted Relief

Philadelphia, PA - July 20, 2004 - The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) welcomed the decision yesterday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to extend the deadline for Mexican and Canadian healthcare workers to obtain a special visa certification to deliver patient care and services in the U.S. The new deadline will be July 26, 2005. The extension will apply only to Mexican and Canadian citizens who were licensed and employed before September 23, 2003, in the U.S. in one of seven specific healthcare occupations, including nursing, and who previously were exempt under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). These Trade NAFTA (TN) healthcare workers would have been required for the first time to obtain the special visa certification if they had sought to enter the U.S. after July 26, 2004. The DHS rules are intended to ensure that foreign healthcare workers meet the professional training and standards necessary to provide patient care in U.S. hospitals and clinical facilities.

The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools, a U.S.-based 501©(3) non-profit organization, was designated by the U.S. Congress in 1996 to manage a healthcare worker visa certification program. CGFNS established a VisaScreen™ program to assess credentials of foreign healthcare workers and provide the government-required visa certificate mandated by the DHS rules.

"The DHS decision to grant an extension for foreign healthcare professionals with Trade NAFTA status is consistent with the suggestion we made last February to Secretary Tom Ridge ," said CGFNS CEO Barbara L. Nichols. "This decision will prove helpful for many communities, especially those bordering Canada , that rely on Canadian nurses and other healthcare professionals to meet their communities' healthcare needs. Although the government has provided enough time for the TN workers to meet the July, 2004 deadline, this delay offers responsible and targeted relief for many communities and will provide more time for hospitals and other facilities in affected areas to facilitate the screening process."

"We stand ready to work cooperatively with the DHS and healthcare professionals worldwide to facilitate the screening process," Nichols continued. "Healthcare consumers and professionals, alike, can take comfort in knowing that CGFNS has built an efficient tested infrastructure that has enabled us to process more than 49,000 applications for our VisaScreen™ certificate, assess the qualifications of foreign healthcare professionals to work in the U.S., and protect the public interest."

CGFNS was founded in 1977 at the encouragement of several government agencies and nursing organizations. In addition to its VisaScreen™ program, CGFNS provides leadership in healthcare education, registration, and licensure to the global nursing and healthcare community. Throughout its history, CGFNS has demonstrated its commitment to excellence and quality in the healthcare arena and to fostering equitable treatment of healthcare professionals.

madore57

Specializes in ICU/ER/CARDIAC CATH LAB.

Here you go. If you were employed before Sept 23, 2003 you have until July 2005 to get the visa screen done.

That's what they told me too. I"ve been out of the US for 1.5 years and I was told I could return without a problem with a TN Visa. I don't have to do that other stuff until 7/05 because my passport proves I held TN Visas from 1994-2001 inclusive.

Eilleen.

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