What follows is a guide for the immigration of foreign-born registered nurses who want to work in the US and for healthcare employers who wish to sponsor them.
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), obtain a VisaScreen certificate and be sponsored by a US employer in order to immigrate to the US.
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“I am an Internationally Educated Nurse petitioned by US employer and the Law Offices of Carl Shusterman helped me throughout the entire process of my IV application. They were extremely thorough with regard to the instructions and the steps that I needed.”
- Francis R., Nashville, Tennessee
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Our law firm has immigrated over 10,000 registered nurses 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.
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Immigration for Registered Nurses is divided into the following subtopics:
- Success Stories
- Immigration for Registered Nurses and Their Employers
- Nursing Organizations
- Registered Nurses: Additional Resources
- Immigration For Nurses: Free Legal Assistance
- Registered Nurses – A Career Guide
- Licensing and VisaScreen
- English Examinations
- California’s Nurse-Patient Staffing Ratios
- National Shortage of Nurses
- Online Nursing Programs
- Online Master’s Programs in Nursing
- Nurse Recruitment Firms
SUCCESS STORIES – IMMIGRATION FOR REGISTERED NURSES
- Saving a Client’s Job
- Registered Nurse Upgrades from EB-2 to EB-3
- Saving a Nurse From Being Deported
- Helping a Nurse Remain in the U.S.
- Helping an Immigrant Overcome Attorney Error
- Registered Nurse: “It Never Hurts to Ask”
- Employment-Based Immigration: 100 Registered Nurses
IMMIGRATION FOR REGISTERED NURSES
- Immigration of Registered Nurses
- NCLEX Application and Licensing Instructions
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Registered Nurses
- Nurse Recruitment Firms
- USCIS Policy Memo: Adjudication of H-1B Petitions for Nursing Occupations (2-18-15)
- Nursing Workforce Spikes Despite Projected U.S. Shortage (7-17-14)
- Immigration Restrictions and America’s Growing Healthcare Needs (November 2012)
- USCIS: Guidance for Schedule A Blanket Labor Certifications (2-14-06)
- Revised USCIS Memo: Processing of Schedule A Petitions Under PERM (9-23-05)
- USCIS Memo: Processing of Schedule A Petitions Under PERM (6-15-05)
- INS Explains Requirements for H-1B Visas for RNs (11-27-02)
- Hearing Before the Senate Immigration Subcommittee: Rural and Urban Healthcare Needs (5-22-01)
- Carl Shusterman’s Testimony Before the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration (5-22-01)
- Video of Carl Shusterman’s Testimony On Visas For RNs Before The U.S. Senate (5-22-01)
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Carl Shusterman served as an INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) before opening an 8 attorney firm specializing in immigration law. He is a Certified Specialist in Immigration Law who has testified as an expert witness before the Senate Immigration Subcommittee. Carl was featured in the February 2018 edition of SuperLawyers Magazine.
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