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EB3 skilled VISA for RNs

EB3 skilled VISA for (RNs) refers to the Employment-Based Third Preference category for qualified applicants. EB3 skilled VISA for RNs allows them to bypass the usual labor certification requirement to get a green card.

Understanding Processing Times

Perm (LC): Hospitals are not required to complete the labor certification known as PERM(Labor Certification) process.

I-140: When a Form I-140 is submitted, a “priority date” is issued, reflecting when an individual has declared their intent to apply for residency DS-260 (Final Action date): We file DS-260, but the interview is scheduled depending on Visa Bulletin ( Employment – 3rd, Final Action date) and the circumstance at the embassy in each country.

I-485 (Date for filing): We can file depending on the Visa Bulletin ( Employment – 3rd, Date for filing). Individuals with current priority dates can proceed with the visa application process, but there is a cutoff. The monthly Visa Bulletins provide updated “Dates for Filing,” which set deadlines to complete the application process.


Nurses must be able to provide a Commission On Graduates Of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) certification, a license to practice nursing in the state of the intended employer, or a passing score on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). 

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Frequently Asked Questions For EB-3 RNs

1. Requirements for EB3 RNs visa?

  1. Job offer from the employer.

  2. Proof of Diploma in Nursing.

  3. Current local (Foreign) nursing license.

  4. NCLEX-RN ready - USA nursing exam including English Competency test score. (TOEIC, PTE, TOFLE, IELTS, etc.)

  5. CGFNS VISA screen - VISA credentials Assessment for RN.

  6. Local State License in the USA.

2. What is the CGFNS?

CGFNS validates all licenses, registrations, and diplomas obtained by an applicant for the VisaScreen®: Visa Credentials Assessment Service, including those that are currently held or that have been held in the past by the applicant from all jurisdictions, both foreign and domestic. The signature of the validation authority must be dated within the last three years.

3. I have not taken the NCLEX-RN test yet, can I apply?

Individuals who hold a nursing education with an associate's, bachelor's, or higher degree may be eligible for an EB-3 RN visa. If you have not taken the NCLEX-RN test yet, do not worry; most of our applicants prepare the exam for 3-4 months and pass the exam.

4. What is the English Competence test?

• Cambridge Assessment English: B2 First, C1 Advanced, or C2 qualifications exams

• Cambridge English Scale 176 overall and 185 Speaking

• Educational Testing Service: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Paper delivered Test – 540

• Educational Testing Service: TOEFL Internet-Based Test - 81 with a minimum of 57 on Reading, Listening, and Writing and 24 on Speaking

• Educational Testing Service: TOEIC (Listening and Reading) – 725

• Educational Testing Service: TOEIC (Speaking/Writing) - 160 Speaking/150 Writing

• International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 6.5 academics with a minimum of 7 on Speaking

• Michigan English Test (MET) - Overall 55; minimum Speaking section score of 55

• Occupational English Test (OET) - OET Grade C+ for Reading, Writing, and Listening - OET Grade B for Speaking

• Pearson PTE Academic - 55, no section below 50

5. Can I apply for an EB-3 visa without a job offer?

No, You cannot.

Since it is an employment-based immigration visa and to file an Immigrant Petition(I-140), you must have a valid job offer from the visa sponsorship employer. 

6. How long does it take to process an EB-3 RN visa application?

As we mentioned earlier, it depends on the DOS's VISA bulletin information, which is posted every month. As of Feb 2024, it takes around 12-16 months to come to the USA with EB3 RN VISA.





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