Immigration to the US as a Nurse

United States Nurse Requirements

To work in the US as a nurse, make sure you follow US federal immigration law and meet the following requirements:

  1. Meet the educational requirements
  2. Take and pass an English language proficiency test, if mandated.
  3. Obtain credential evaluation
  4. Pass your National Council Licensing Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX – RN)
  5. Find a nursing recruiting agency or US-based employer
  6. Apply and obtain an RN immigrant visa/green card
  7. RN visa interview and medical examination
  8. Accept an RN position

Step-by-Step Immigration to the US to Practice Nursing

  1. Hire an Immigration Lawyer – There are many documents and requirements for those looking to work and live in the United States, even more, if you are looking to practice nursing. An immigration lawyer will help you organize these documents and requirements to find you the best path for US immigration
  2. Pass NCLEX – You must pass your National Council Licensing Examination
  3. Find out which state you want to reside – When you know where in the US you’d like to work, you can apply to that state’s Board of Nursing.
  4. Find a job – You can look for a job through a nursing recruitment agency or a US-based employer.
  5. Apply for a visa – The final step is to apply for a nonimmigrant visa that will allow you to work in the US once you are accepted.