In order for certain health care workers to obtain visas to work to in the United States, they need to obtain a VisaScreen Certificate.
Health care workers who received their degrees in the US, most of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom are exempt from having to take English Exams for VisaScreen.
This page links to the following English Exams for VisaScreen:
- International English Language Testing Service (IELTS)
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
- Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC)
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English Exams for VisaScreen are required for the following occupations:
- Physical Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
- Medical Technologists
- Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists
- Physician Assistants
English Exams for VisaScreen are required for health care workers seeking TN status, H-1B visas and green cards through their employment. However, VisaScreen certificates are not required if the healthcare worker is seeking a green card through non-employment-related means: through marriage, through relatives, through investment, through asylum or through the green card lottery.
Similarly, if the health care worker is working pursuant to Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or post-graduation Optional Practical Training (OPT), a VisaScreen certificate is not required. The same is true if the healthcare worker has obtained an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as an H-4, L-2 or E-2 spouse or has obtained an EAD through TPS, asylum or through one of many other immigration programs.
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