Visa Screen

  1. Hi, all.

    I'd just like to ask whether all RNs who enter the US, would need a visa screen? Lol, that's broad.

    Soooo, I'm an internationally-educated nurse residing here in Canada. I have finally been given a RN license by Hawaii and my problem now is whether to apply for a visa screen certificate to make my entry to the US smoother or enter the US without it? I have passed the CGFNS certification program and have the CES report as well. Other documentations needed are all in order, I just want to know if I need the visa screen.

    Looking forward to your inputs. Thank you!!!
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    Mom; from CA

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  3. by   RN_Pro
    Yep, you need the visa screen. It's a cash grab. But to get a TN visa you need the screen to 'prove' that your nursing education is equivalent to a US nursing education. Every foreigner needs it, even if they were educated in the US!
  4. by   nicole0214
    Thanks, RN_Pro. Man, all this time, I thought having passed the NCLEX and having a job offer were enough to get me to the US, how wrong I was. All this wasted time. Tsk.

    Here's another question. I read in the VS handbook about a Certified Statement as an alternative to the VS. And I quote:

    "The registered nurse must have passed NCLEX-RN® and be currently licensed/registered to practice in one of the following
    five states: Florida, Georgia, New York, Illinois or Michigan. CGFNS must receive a Request for Validation of License/
    Registration/Diploma form from one of those states."

    I was originally licensed in New York and have requested my license to be endorsed to Hawaii. Does this mean, I just missed out on the opportunity to be exempt from VS just because I am now licensed in Hawaii?

    Please, please, somebody explain to me what this Certified Statement is all about.

    Thank you.
  5. by   Silverdragon102
    VSC is required federally and I have not heard of anyone who is the initial applicant for a immigrant visa or H1b being exempt from having to get it
  6. by   RN_Pro
    Quote from Silverdragon102
    VSC is required federally and I have not heard of anyone who is the initial applicant for a immigrant visa or H1b being exempt from having to get it
    Same here. I'm Canadian working in New York State and I don't know anyone who didn't do the visa screen process.

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