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I attended this seminar. I have a question for clarification regarding the visa screen certificate.
I thought I heard someone say that to satisfy one of the requirements for the visa screen certificate, the nurse has to take CGFNS and be licensed in the state where they will practice OR take NCLEGS (not sure of spelling).
Could you confirm/clarify this for me?
Answer by William Stock:
To clarify: approval of an immigrant visa petition (Form I-140) based on a Special Handling Labor Certification for a registered nurse requires that the nurse have either a CGFNS certificate (which shows that the nurse has passed a test of English and a test of nursing knowledge, and that his or her nursing education has been evaluated as equivalent to a U.S. nursing education) OR an unrestricted state license (which requires passing the NCLEX, which is the national nurse licensing examination).
Approval of an immigrant visa application (OF-230), or an application for adjustment of status (I-485), requires either a nurse, or any other designated health care professional, to have a "Visa Screen" certificate. The Visa Screen requires the CGFNS certificate or the NCLEX. It does require another evaluation of the nurses' credentials and license, as well as a test of English (unless the nurse was educated in a country such as Australia or Canada, in English).