Registered Nurses

Schedule A immigrant petitions for nurses require an employer sponsor, an RN certificate and a Visa Screen certificate.

VisaScreen: first regulated in Section 343 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act (IIRIRA), now codified at §212(a)(5)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, the law requires that certain healthcare professionals educated outside the U.S. satisfy a screening program prior to receiving a permanent occupational visa (permanent resident alien visa). The screening includes an assessment of an applicant’s foreign education to ensure that it is comparable to that of a U.S. graduate in the same profession; verification that the applicant’s licenses are valid and unencumbered; determination of English language proficiency; and in the case of nursing applicants, verification that the nurse has either earned a CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools) Certificate or passed the NCLEX-RN® examination. Applicants who successfully complete VisaScreen will receive a VisaScreen certificate.

While waiting for permanent resident status, an alien needs a valid non-immigrant status (including, but not limited to, H-1C, H-1B, TN) to stay in the U.S.

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