6 Steps of The Immigration Process for Foreign Nurses to Move and Work in the US as a Nurse

Moving to a new country can be an intimidating idea for people. There is so much to plan and consider. Sometimes, just knowing where to start can be the hardest part. Here at RN Staffing USA, we want to simplify the process as much as possible. We’ll walk through the steps it takes to move and work as a nurse in the US.

Step One

Prior to starting the immigration process, you must meet the EB-3 Green Card requirements. The EB-3 Green Card is needed in order to work as a RN in the states The requirements for the card are education, licensing, a passed NCLEX and English language proficiency test, and a job offer.

  • Education: You must have received a degree from an accredited nursing program, and it must be considered the same level of education as a US nursing program.
  • Licensing: You must be licensed in the states for which you plan to work.
  • NCLEX: You must take and pass the NCLEX. This is the exam in the US that is required in order to practice as an RN. It is important to have a plan together to study for the NCLEX.
  • English Language Proficiency Exam: The two recommended tests to take are Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Certain English-speaking countries are not required to take the exam.
  • Job Offer: Landing the job! This is when the dream will start to feel the most real.

Step Two

You’ve landed your dream nursing job in the US! Now to start the immigration process. The first step is pre-filing: prevailing wage determination and notice of filing. Basically, it is a process American employers go through in order to have a nurse from another country work in the states. This process can take a long time, so it is important to ask the employer if they have completed the prevailing wage determination and notice of filing part. While this is happening, all you must do is start documentation collection in order to file for the immigrant petition (I-140).

Step Three

The employer has step two covered; now it is time to begin the immigration filing process. The employer must submit an I-140 immigration petition to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You will be notified of the approval. The date the I-140 is filed will become known as the priority date (P.D.). This part of the process can also take some time. Try and be patient and remember with every step completed, you are getting closer to your dreams.

Step Four

If you are outside of the US, you will begin the immigrant visa process. You will apply for the EB-3 immigrant visa with the National Visa Center (NVC). They will open your case and start the process. After receiving the welcome email, you will first pay the processing fees. Next, you will complete the online visa application. Then, you will collect and submit all necessary documentation required. Once all these steps are done, you will receive an email that all your case is “documentarily complete.”

Step Five

This step is the interview phase. Before your interview, you must go through an official medical exam and have certain vaccines completed. After the medical exam, you must register for courier services and review pre-interview instructions. Next, ensure you have all necessary documents with you to bring to the interview. Lastly, you have the interview. Do your homework and be prepared for the questions they may ask.

Step Six

Finally, approval! You will need to pay the USCIS Immigration Fee at this stage, but the steps are now complete! Continuing to utilize information on RN Staffing USA can help you even once you are passed this stage.

At Last…

You are moving to the US to begin a new job as a nurse. The process is long, but if this is a dream of yours, it will be worth it!