#1 Pass the examination of the CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools). To learn more about this, go to their website www.cgfns.org. If you have already passed the NCLEX-RN examination, this supersedes the CGFNS and you do not have to take the CGFNS examination.
#2 Create your resume for the prospective employer. Pacific Link Healthcare will find the employer for you.
#3 Contact our designated international consultant in the Philippines. Email firstname.lastname@example.org . She will assist you with procedures 4-9 for nursing employment opportunities in the U.S.
#4 Sign an employment agreement with a U.S.A. employer. Pacific Link Healthcare will find the employer based on your education, clinical skills, references, and job location preference. The employer will sponsor you for permanent residence status (Green Card). The processing of this will de done by Pacific Link Healthcare in the U.S.A.. This will take several months.
#5 Proceed with your application for your VisaScreen certificate. The ICHP (International Commission on Healthcare Professionals) in association with CGFNS verifies and evaluates your credentials to ensure compliance with the government's minimum eligibility standards. Visit their website www.ichp.org/ichp/VISASCRN.HTM. You will need the certificate for the final visa interview at the US Embassy in Manila, and it is preferable to have this as early as possible.
#6 Apply for licensure for the particular state that you anticipate you will be working in. You need to register to take the NCLEX. Testing is available year round, 15 hours a day, 6 days a week. This is available in the US, its territories, and in Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea, and Taiwan. Please visit the website www.ncsbn.org.
#7 Wait for INS approval of your petition, which can take 3-6 months depending on the location of the employer. Each of the INS service centers has jurisdiction over certain states. Estimated overall processing time can take 7-12 months depending on the availability of interview appointment at the US Embassy and the applicant's completion of the Visa Screen.
#8 Upon INS approval, you will receive forms and instructions for final processing at the US Embassy in Manila. This will include medical exams and fingerprinting, and the interview at the US Embassy.
#9 Bon voyage to the U.S.A.!