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The US attracts some of the best nurses from around the world and standards are exceptionally high. Recruiters will be assessing whether the applicant is capable of practising safely and effectively as a nurse in the United States. We work closely with each employer and with each individual nurse to ensure all the necessary on-boarding requirements are achieved.

Overseas nurses must be registered nurses in their own country and have undertaken a minimum of three years of nursing education.

1 years’ minimum experience working as a registered nurse, although most recruiters are looking for at least 2-3 years of experience.

Immigration requirements

All overseas trained nurses wanting to work in the US must meet US immigration requirements.  This process can take up to 2 years.

Required paperwork

  • Valid passport

  • Birth certificate

  • Qualification certificate(s)

  • Registration certificates from each jurisdiction where the applicant has practised and/or been registered

  • Two employment references confirming the applicant’s post-registration practice of at least 12 months, their competence and character

  • Verifications from all jurisdictions where the applicant practised or where the applicant has been previously registered

  • Transcript of training for all relevant nursing or midwifery programmes completed by the applicant. These must be calculated in hours or be accompanied by a letter from the training institution with a key to how the credits translate to hours

  • A good health declaration from the applicant’s general practitioner or the occupational health department at their place of work

  • A police clearance certificate from all countries where the applicant has lived since the age of 18

Language & skills
You will need to pass an English language test (IELTS) and also pass the NCLEX exam set by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

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