Can I work in an hosptial at another state instead of
Yes, you can work at any
state, you don't have to work in California, but in each
state, there may be a different rules in term of nursing
license, please check with the board of nursing in the
said state for details.
The reasons that we recommend
1) California is one of the top
state that need big number of nurses due to its big
2) Because California is severely in shortage of nurse, it
is relative easier to find a job in an hospital in
3) The climate (over 260 sunney days per year) in
California seems similar to that in those countries in
South Asia, Middle East and Africa, where most foreign
nurses coming from. So call
California home may be a smart choice.
Do I need to take CGFNS exam before taking NCLEX-R exam ?
In many States, the board of nursing
requires applicants to pass the Commission of Graduates of
Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) exam before taking
NCLEX-RN exam. But CGFNS is not required in following
states (subject to change).
11. NEW MEXICO
20. SOUTH CAROLINA
How important is it to pursue a master degree from a fully
accredited US university ?
1) Because you
are seeking a master's degree at a university, you can
legally work under the CPT, whereby you get your SSN, and
OPT (work permit).
2) If you have a
master's degree from a fully
accredited US university, you can apply for extra
20000 H1-b visa number only for those students who got the
master's degee in selected majors.
3) When you start to look for the job, you can take
advantage of your master's degree, targeting following
positions, nurse managers, assistant nurse managers,
clinical supervisors and research program coordinators.
All these positions are qualified for H1b visa.
4) With a master's degree, your salary will be higher than
those who don't have the same degree.
are more likely to work as a supervisor or manager or
research supervisor beyond direct patient care in
healthcare field, at least this means less night shifts
and more time with your family.
Since there is a cap of 68000 + 2000 H1b visa number each
year, does this mean that I have to compete with those
guys in the major of computer / IT ?
The USCIS states that petitions (applications) for new H1b
employment are exempt from the cap (65000 + 20000) if
applicant will work at the defined institutions of higher
education or a related or affiliated non-profit research
organizations or governmental research organizations. So
look for a position in non-profit hospital that is related
to an institution or higher education. Many hospitals or
healthcare systems will fulfill this requirement.
Do I need to have the SSN to take the RN exam ?
Yes, this is the
new regulation in the US since April 2010, you must have
SSN (Society Security Number) before taking the RN exam.
After arriving in the US we will assist you in obtaining
What else I need to do in addition to take regular
university courses ?
USA Program, in addition to take the regular university
courses, students also need to take care of following
tasks in the first 9-12 months
1) Take the
on-line employment workshops, which prepare students to
enter the US job market.
2) Get the job
offer letter and CPT authorization.
(3)Pass your TOEFL test, if
you still have not yet done such a test.
4) Take an
on-line RN exam preparation course.
5) Take the
NCLEX (RN) exam.
6) Buy a
"second-hand" car ($2000-$2500) and get your drive's
license, you do need a car as your legs to move around
while living in the US.
goal is to pass the RN exam as soon as possible, then, you
can get a healthcare job in an hospital with a decent
How much can I earn through my regular internship job in
the university before I work in the hospital ?
The salary will
be around $8 - $12 per hour for most entry-level business
jobs (internship jobs), depending on the job positions and
skills. Please note, internship job has nothing to do with
nursing jobs, internship is required by the university
How can I legally work in the US before I pass my RN exam
Once you have a
job offer letter, while seeking for the Master's degree,
school will authorize you to work under the
internship program, which is also called CPT
How can I continue to work after I receive my college
school you will be allowed to work under the OPT for 12
months, during which you can obtain H1B working visa that
lasts for 6 years while you are waiting for the green
cards. Please note, you cannot apply for H1b visa by
yourself, you must find an employer to file the
application for you based on your background, for example,
your employer (such as a hospital or a care home) may say
that they need to hire a person who not only has general
management knowledge with a Master's degree in Healthcare
Management, but also has the RN license so that this
person will be able to undertake general administration
work as well as engage in direct patient care when
it is needed...., consequently, you are qualified for H1b
visa. Our immigration lawyer will help you with all the
papers at that time.
What is VisaScreen™ ?
U.S. immigration law now requires that healthcare
professionals (except physicians) qualified outside the
United States complete a screening program in order to
qualify for certain US working visas (such as H1-C, H1-B,
J-1) or green card. VisaScreen™,
also known as Visa Credentials Assessment, enables
healthcare workers to meet this requirement by verifying
and evaluating their credentials to ensure compliance with
the US government's minimum eligibility standards.
VisaScreen™ program is administrated by the International
Commission on Healthcare Professions (ICHP), which is a
division of CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign
Nursing Schools). Candidates who successfully complete
this program receive a VisaScreen™ Certificate. This
certification authenticates that the foreign national’s
education, license, training, and experience are
comparable to that of a US healthcare professional.
Visa screen certificate can be presented to a
consulate office, or in the case of adjustment of status
(see next question), the Attorney General, as part of
application process of an occupational visa. The visa
screening program normally involves licensure
verification, educational credentialing, English language
proficiency testing (TOEFL, TSE, TWE), and a predictive
exam (CGFNS Certificate).
To satisfy all federal
screening requirements, a VisaScreen™ evaluation includes:
(1) Educational Review:
all appropriate, statutory and regulatory requirements for
the occupation the applicant intends to practice.
To make sure that the candidate’s education:
equivalent to that of a U.S. graduate seeking licensure.
(2) Licensure Review:
To assess initial and current licenses to
confirm the applicant has completed all practice
requirements and has no encumbrances.
(3) English Language Skills Assessment:
To confirm that the
applicant has reached a level of competency in oral and
written English by submitting passing scores on a test
approved by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human
Services and Education.
nurses (RNs) and other healthcare workers must obtain one
of the following combinations of scores to obtain a
Paper-Based 540, Computer-Based 207; Test of Written
English (TWE): 4.0; Test of Spoken English (TSE): 50;
TOEIC Service International: TOEIC: 725; plus TWE: 4.0 and
TSE: 50; or
IELTS: 6.5 overall with a spoken band score
(4) Predictive Examination for
Aliens who wish to
practice as nurses must present a CGFNS Certificate or a
passing score on the U.S. Registered Nurse (RN) licensing
VisaScreen can be completed in 6 weeks, if all the needed
materials are ready.
What is "Adjustment of Status"?
Adjustment of Status, abbreviated
as AOS, is a procedure that permits an eligible candidate
to become a lawful permanent resident (receive the Green
Card) without having to leave the United States. AOS
filing is different from the "normal" route of obtaining
permanent residence status. In the normal method, the
applicant needs to apply for an immigrant visa abroad at a
Adjustment of Status helps an alien
who resides in the U.S. and meets the eligibilities to
avoid an expensive trip and time to their native country
for consular processing, which is a counterpart of
the adjust of status. AOS filling is also referred to as
"applying for a green card from the U.S. or adjustment to
Where to File AOS Application?
applications are normally submitted to the USCIS (U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services) District Director in
the district of the applicant's dwelling. The applicants
are also allowed to file applications at the regional
Application is generally
submitted by mail, and approved either by mail or after an
interview at one of the USCIS district offices. If all the
procedures do well, the applicant can accomplish the
permanent resident status (“Green Card”) in the U.S. by
stamping the immigrant visa in his/her passport.
The principal benefit of
adjustment of status is that the procedure does not
necessitate that the candidate goes overseas at any time
to the grant of green card.