Registered Nurses may be employed in the U.S. under the TN category for certain eligible Canadian and Mexican citizens. Some positions may also be eligible for the H-1B visa after CPT or OPT. Additional information can be found here: https://cbkimmigration.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/VisasforForeignNurses.pdf
An RN applying for a temporary visa to work in the U.S. and/or permanent residence must obtain a Visa Screen certificate. CGFNS is one company designated by USCIS to evaluate credentials for eligibility – tell them you need a Section 343 VisaScreen. We recommend calling CGFNS often to check up on the Visa Screen process. CGFNS often takes 4-6 months to review Visa Screen applications, so expediting is usually worth it (a few hundred dollars).
Nurses also have an alternative certification process. https://www.uscis.gov/working-in-the-united-states/temporary-workers/health-care-worker-certification A foreign nurse may present a certified statement from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) or an approved equivalent independent credentialing organization if it verifies that the foreign nurse:
- Has a valid and unrestricted license in the State of intended employment;
- Intends to be employed in a state that verifies that foreign licenses are authentic and unencumbered;
- Passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX); and
- Graduated from certain English language nursing programs.