Published Oct 15, 2003
I have trouble to deal with CGFNS. Does somebody know a better way to contact them, instead of visiting their website? Thanks!
canoehead, BSN, RN
I have to deal with them too. They are slow because they can be- who are you going to complain to? I have already been working in the USA for 7 years and now I have to write their stupid test, and take an english exam (my FIRST language by the way). Plus I have to go out of the country to do it- more expense, when I could just go to the next town and take the boards and be done with it. (But I'm not eligible to take the boards because I already have a license)
INS needs to work more on the terrorist thing and leave me alone. Sorry I needed to get that out.
does that have anything to do with the new legislation for visa clearance required by Homeland security?
I have a RN licence in one state by endorsement and NP licence.
Just finished the NCLEX RN in Sept so I can license in all states.
Wrote the NCLEX for the same state where I have a license by endorsement. Just told them that I wanted to write NCLEX-Rn
and it wasn't a problem. Since I already have their state licence
I was eligible to write NCLEX-RN right away after submitting the proper application and fees. They did warn me that writing in the same state may not be a good idea ....because if I failed, I'd lose both my RN and NP licence until such time as I passed NCLEX-RN.
Let's just say that was a good incentive to study and pass first time around.
doesn't matter apparently to the INS if you've written an NCLEX for every state...they still need THEIR test done.
What happened to nursing being a self regulating profession?
CGFNS is available in the US in six different locations, not sure if you are aware of that..........................................
If you have passed NCLEX, you do not need CGFNS. The requirements for the Visa Screen are the English exams:
TOEIC, TSE, and TWE or
TOEFL, TSE, and TWE or
IELTS series (academic branch)
AND either NCLEX or CGFNS exam.
Read the handbook closely. You still have to pay them the fee for the Visa Screen of $325, but shouldn't have to take the test if you already have. The major concern has been lack of English competencies of foreign medical staff. And to make sure that you were not fired in another country for hurting a patient and then wanting to come to the US to work in the same capacity. It is not INS, but patient safety.
Can i apply for visa screen without holding the CGFNS Certificate? Assuming i'll have NCLEX at the time of application?
Thanks a bunch.
If you are in the states now .why don't u make that trip to Pensylvania and speak to them .face to face.just have all your papers they sent you ready..i did that and got a much better response now i am a proud owner of a visa screen certificate, which i might add is compulsory (dreadful with spelling, i do beg your pardon) you could try calling them .it really depends how much u really want this. bye for now
Yes, you can apply for the Visa Screen without taking the CGFNS exam. The requirement states that you complete either CGFNS or NCLEX to qualify for the Visa Screen Certificate. Your English exams are waived if you trained in an English-speaking country.
You advised me in one thread to file first the Visa Screen papers and then go with the english exam, then CGFNS exam and the last to take NCLEX. But how can i file the visa screen papers if they require either CGFNS exam or NCLEX?
Look at the Handbook for the Visa Screen Procedure. It states that you should send it that application as soon as possible because of the time needed to verify all of your credentials. As long as you pay them the fee when you send in the application they will begin work on your file. When you pass English, if you need it, then those scores are sent to them. Same thing with CGFNS exam and/or NCLEX. DO NOT wiat until you have finished the exams to submit the paperwork. And remember, beginning this July, all healthcare providers will have to go through the Visa Screen process and CGFNS has only one office in the whole world to handle this. My advise?
Get the paperwork in as quickly as possible. And again, I highly recommend that you use a courier service for delivery and not the postal service.
Good luck, :balloons:
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