Can I immigrate as a registered nurse?

New Jersey RN Immigration Lawyers

The short answer is yes, but there numerous requirements the alien registered nurse must meet. These requirements differ if the alien registered nurse is already residing in the United States or still lives abroad. If the RN is already in the United States, there are numerous documents, like financial information regarding the employer, VisaScreen Certification, police clearances, etc. that must be presented to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or a RN licensing examination must be completed and passed and the employer must file and submit an immigrant visa petition. If the registered nurse is still living abroad, the alien nurse must have a diploma from the nursing school in his or her country, a RN license from the home country and a full, unrestricted license to practice nursing in the state of employment all before he or she can be employed in the United States. After that, a form I-140 must be filled out to the USCIS, as well as a ETA-9089 form for the Department of Labor. Once approved, the USCIS will send the approved visa petition to the National Visa Center (NVC) where a fee bill will be given to the alien nurse to be paid in advance. Once the payment is received, then a packet will be sent to the nurse with more forms to be completed and a list of documents that will need to be submitted to the NVC. Then an appointment is scheduled at the US Consulate or Embassy for an interview and to overlook the required documents, such as the immigrant visa applications, birth certificates, photographs, valid passports, medical examinations, recent job offer letter and many more.

The whole process to achieve permanent residency for a registered nurse can take from 12 to 18 months to as high as four years. It can take even longer if the alien RN is born in India or China. Due to all the moving parts, required documents and multitude of steps, having an proficient, aggressive immigration attorney is in your best interest for a successful immigration and smooth process. At the Law Offices of Jef Henninger, Esq., our experienced Ocean County immigration lawyers are available for a free initial consultation, 24/7 with our hotline at 732-383-6242.

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