“CGFNS” Certificates are issued after individuals successfully finish the CGFNS Certification Program. The Program is designed specifically for first-level, general nurses who finished their education and are issued their license outside the United States who want to see how they will do on the U.S. registered nurse licensing exam, the NCLEX-RN® examination
, which allows them to practice as registered nurses within the United States. The program has three parts: reviewing the credentials of the nurse's education, registration and licensure; the CGFNS Qualifying Exam, a one-day qualifying exam to test nursing knowledge; and an exam to test the nurse’s knowledge of English. Nurses who do not have a state licensure in the state where they want to work must have a CGFNS certificate to file for immigration status. Also, many state boards of nursing require the CGFNS Certificate for state licensure.
The “VisaScreen Certificate” is necessary for consular processing or adjustment of status. The document must be presented to a consular office or, in the case of adjustment of status, the USCIS, as part of a visa application. The VisaScreen Certificate shows that the holder (the nurse) completed a screening program for health care professionals (other than doctors) to be able to get certain occupational visas. Screening includes:
- an examination of the applicant's education to make sure that it is similar to a U.S. graduate in that same type of job;
- making sure that the person applying has valid and unrestricted licenses;
- English language exam; and, for nurses, proof that the nurse has either
earned a CGFNS Certificate or passed the NCLEX-RN® Examination.
Since July 26, 2004, any nonimmigrant nurse who wants to come to the United States must