General Eligibility
You must hold a BSN or Nursing Diploma, work as a nurse in the past two years, and hold a current nursing license in your country.

English Proficiency Requirements
Beginning March 3, 2003, registered nurses would be required to pass either the TOEFL, the IELTS, or the TOEIC.  The TWE, TSE or the MELABs are no longer required.

TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language)
This test can be taken at any time.  Test results are only valid for a two-year period.  This test is either computer-based or paper-based.  Some countries only administer paper-and-pencil version of the test. The minimum passing scores are 540 paper-based or 207 computerized.

IELTS (Int'l English Language Testing System)
Tests will be held 4 times a month.  Fee is about $170.  Result is available two weeks after the test.  The minimum passing scores are 6.5 for Academic Module only and 7.0 for Spoken Band.

TOEIC (Test of English for Int'l Communication)
The test may be administered through your employer or language school.  In some countries, the test is also administered at open public sessions.  The minimum passing scores are 725.

CES (Credential Evaluation Service)
It provides a report analyzing education and licensure earned outside the U.S.  CES is part of CGFNS.  You must also have a current nursing license from your country of origin.  After applying, it takes approximately two to four weeks to receive clearance.  CES must have all updated documents presented in the Visa Screen process.  The results can be accelerated by sending $75 for a 7-Business-Day Rush or $150 for a 48-Hour Rush.  The application fee itself costs $300.  It is best to file the CES before applying to the Board of Nursing.

Board of Nursing
The application is for the board to approve your credentials and have a "Letter of Eligibility" sent to you.  The cost varies from state-to-state.  You will need this letter and your "Authorization to Test" to be able to sit for the NCLEX.  This process should take from four to six weeks.  The Letter of Eligibility is only good for 90 days.

CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools)
Passing the CGFNS examination is one of the steps that allow you to seek an employment visa in the U.S.  After applying, it takes nine to twelve weeks to receive admission for the examination.  Results are delivered in one month.  The CGFNS examination is offered three times a year: March, July, and November.  There is a fee of $280 to take this examination.

NCLEX RN Examination (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses)
All applicants are required to register with Chauncey Group International in order to take the NCLEX_RN examination.   You must pass this examination in order to become licensed in the US.  The fee is $220.  Authorization to test takes 15-30 days after the letter of eligibility is secured.  You can expect to receive your test results within 15-30 days.  Results will be mailed to the Board of Nursing that determined your eligibility.

Job Offer
AIS will secure a nurse job for you.  You will receive official job offer letter from the healthcare institution.  The offer memorandum will spell out the terms and conditions, including compensation and benefit, work days and hours, and etc..  You can expect to start work 1-2 weeks after you land into US.

Visa Screen
The application for the Visa Screen should be completed immediately upon receipt of the CGFNS Certificate or having your NCLEX-RN, and after having passed TOEFL/IELTS/TOEIC examination.  You must send all diplomas, certificates and school transcripts, secondary school and college along with the application, board examination scores, and a copy of a valid nursing license from the country of origin.  The Visa Screen process takes eight to twelve weeks for completion.  The fee is $325.

BCIS Process (Immigration paper work)
Application is filed to petition for permanent residency.  You will receive a Green Card once you successfully complete this process.  The entire process will take 9-12 months to complete.  There is a fee of $265 associated with this application.