Registered Nurse Immigration Guide

 A registered nurse can get a green card to come to the US more easily than almost any other professional.

Registered nurses are classified by the US Department of Labor as a Schedule A shortage occupation which makes it easier for RNs (and Physical Therapists) to immigrate to the US than for persons in other occupations. A foreign-born RN must take the NCLEX examination (and sometimes the CGFNS examination), pass an English examination (IELTS or TOEFL), obtain a VisaScreen certificate and be sponsored by a US employer in order to immigrate to the US.

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Our law firm has immigrated over 10,000 RNs to work in the hospitals across United States over the past 30 years. We represent over 100 hospitals and other health care providers.

We hope that this page demystifies the process of immigration for nurses, their employers and nurse recruiters. We provide numerous articles and links which explain how to submit a visa petition to employ a foreign-born RN, discuss the VisaScreen requirements which include credentialing and English-language proficiency tests, and enable readers to contact nurse licensing boards.

Registered Nurse – Green Card Process, Step-by-Step

In order for a foreign-born RN can obtain a green card to come the U.S., she must first:

  1. Obtain a college degree in nursing;
  2. Get a license abroad as an RN;
  3. Pass an English examination;
  4. Pass the NCLEX examination;
  5. Get a job offer from a U.S. employer;
  6. Get an RN license in the state of intended employment;
  7. Obtain a VisaScreen certificate;
  8. Get the approval of an I-140 visa petition;
  9. When her priority date is current, get an immigrant visa abroad or, if she is lawfully present in the U.S., apply for adjustment of status; and
  10. When the RN is interviewed for an immigrant visa (green card), her spouse and children will be interviewed and granted immigrant visas together with the RN.

Immigration for Registered Nurses is divided into the following subtopics:

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