A foreign national worker in an affected health care occupation must present a valid health care worker certification each time he or she: The certification requirement is no longer applicable once the worker is a lawful permanent resident. Step 2: If the foreign national worker is in the United States, he or she may file a Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.
The following organizations are authorized to issue certifications for the following health care occupations: These organizations are approved by the Secretary of Homeland Security in consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services. It is only upon the filing of an I-485 that the health care worker certification is required and will be used to determine admissibility for adjustment of status.
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Foreign nationals seeking admission to perform labor as health care workers, other than physicians, are only admissible to the United States if they present certification from a USCIS-approved credentialing organization verifying that the worker has met the minimum requirements for training, licensure, and English proficiency in his or her field. For immigrant petitions, there is a two-step process: Step 1: Generally, the Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, is first filed by an employer on behalf of the prospective foreign national worker.
In reviewing the worker’s educational documents, USCIS considers the education credential evaluator’s opinion in conjunction with a review of the foreign national’s relevant education credentials (if submitted), and other available credible resource material regarding the equivalency of the education credentials to college degrees obtained in the United States.
In the course of the adjudication, USCIS may refer to educational equivalency resources to clarify an individual’s academic credentials, although information from such sources is not binding.
Therefore, if the foreign worker has not used the certification because he or she has not been admitted to the United States or adjusted his or her status within 5 years of when the certification was obtained, a new certification is required at the time he or she seeks adjustment of status, to change or extend status with USCIS, or when seeking visa issuance by DOS or admission at the port of entry.
The curriculum is designed to build upon the professional nurse’s experience and skill sets resulting in the completion of a BSN degree or complete the BSN and continue on and earn an advanced degree (either the Master’s or the Doctor of Nursing Practice) in one of our highly-ranked graduate degree programs/concentrations.
The RN Options program is offered in an online format for the RN-BSN and RN-MSN programs (exception Neonatal Nurse Practitioner AOC is onsite) allowing more flexibility for the practicing nurse wishing to advance their education.
If the foreign national worker is living outside the United States or living in the United States, but chooses to apply for an immigrant visa abroad, USCIS will send the approved petition to the Department of State’s (DOS) National Visa Center (NVC), where it will remain until an immigrant visa number is available.
The foreign national worker must present the health care certification to the consular officer at the time of visa issuance.