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We sponsor work visas and green cards and also assist with foreign education credentialing.

Working In The U.S: We Make It Simple

Coming from a different country to work in the U.S can often seem like a confusing and complicated process. But at RN Staff, we help simplify it by doing much of the work for you. We remain at your side, guiding you through the entire process, step by step. Best of all, we pay many of your expenses, from various test fees and visa charges to airfare. With RN Staff, you'll receive a generous salary and benefits package as well as our close, personal, one-on-one attention to all your needs.

Eligibility Requirements

Learn more about certain requirements to work in the US.

Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelors Degree in Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy or Nursing(as applicable)
  • At least two-year hospital experience
  • Three years of hospital internship
  • Average BSN/RLE grades
  • Actively Working or volunteering as a Therapist
  • Good communication skills
  • Passed English Proficiency Exams (TOEFL, TWE, and TSE or IELTS)
  • Self Assured / Self Confident
  • Basic Computer Skills
Credentials required
  • Resume
  • Bachelors Degree/BSN Diploma(as applicable)
  • Birth Certificate
  • FCCPT/ICD/ICHP  Evaluation(for PTs)
  • Pass NPTE (for PTs)
  • Pass NBCOT (for OTs)
  • CGFNS Certificate(for nurses)
  • RN Board Rating Certification (for nurses)
  • BSN Transcript of Record(for nurses)
  • RN License Certificate(for Registered Nurses)
  • 3 passport size colored pictures
If Married
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Spouse Birth Certificate
  • Child Birth Certificate

Information for therapists from Australia

To work as a Therapist in the United States, you need to meet a few basic requirements. 

These include:

  • Graduation from a 4-year general Therapy program at an accredited school of therapy.
  • THEORY and CLINICAL internship. A current Therapist license in your home country.
  • Two years of acute-care and sub-acute care experience Must qualify for U.S. Visa.
  • No criminal record.

After meeting these requirements, we will help you move on to the visa process.

Information for therapists from Canada

A significant number of therapists face issues, such as visas and licensure, that they prefer to skipping around the website to areas that describe the global opportunities and benefits offered by RN Staff.

Thanks to the NAFTA agreement, it's more simple than ever for RN Staff to place Canadian-trained Registered Therapists in a wide range of positions in the United States. All you need is a TN visa. The entire process usually takes only about two weeks. And RN Staff will guide you through every step of the way—including state licensing—at no cost!

To work as a Therapist in the United States, you need to fulfill a few basic requirements.

These include:

  • Graduation from a 4-year general Therapy program at an accredited school of therapy.
  • THEORY and CLINICAL internship. A current Therapist license in your home country.
  • Two years of acute-care and sub-acute care experience Must qualify for US Visa.
  • No criminal record.

Immigrant healthcare workers who have graduated from a therapy program in Quebec must demonstrate competence in oral and written English. These tests are commercially available, standardized assessments of English language proficiency. Foreign-educated Therapist applying to the VisaScreen™ program must satisfy these requirements by taking each of the three following tests administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS):

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 540 or higher AND
  • Test of Spoken English (TSE) with a score of 50 or higher AND
  • Test of Written English (TWE) with a score of 4.0 or higher.

Note: Therapist who has graduated from a therapy program in Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, and the UK are exempt from this English language requirement.

For more information about taking the TOEFL, TWE and TSE exams, as well as international test sites, please contact:

TOEFL/TSE Publications

Test of English as a Foreign Language

PO Box 6151

Princeton, NJ 08541-6151

Telephone 609-771-7100

http://www.toefl.org

After meeting these requirements, we will help you move on to the visa process.

Information for therapists from India

To work as a Therapist in the United States, you need to meet a few basic requirements. 

These include:

  • Graduation from a 4-year general Therapy program at an accredited school of therapy.
  • THEORY and CLINICAL internship. A current Therapist license in your home country.
  • Two years of acute-care and sub-acute care experience Must qualify for U.S. Visa.
  • No criminal record.

Immigrant healthcare workers must demonstrate competence in oral and written English, as shown by an appropriate score on one or more nationally recognized tests. These tests are commercially available, standardized assessments of English language proficiency. Foreign-educated therapist applying to the VisaScreen™ program must satisfy these requirements by choosing one of the following options:

OPTION 1

Take each of the three following tests administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS):

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 540 or higher AND
  • Test of Spoken English (TSE) with a score of 50 or higher AND
  • Test of Written English (TWE) with a score of 4.0 or higher.

OPTION 2

Take the following tests administered by the English Language Institute (ELI):

  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), Section 1,2,3 with an average of 79 or higher
  • Oral Test with a score of 3+ or higher

Note: Therapist who has graduated from a therapy program in Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, and the U.K. are exempt from this English language requirement.

For more information about taking the TOEFL, TWE and TSE exams, as well as international test sites, please contact:

TOEFL/TSE Publications

Test of English as a Foreign Language

P.O. Box 6151

Princeton, NJ 08541-6151

Telephone 609-771-7100

http://www.toefl.org

For more information on taking the MELAB examination, please contact:

English Language Institute

MELAB Testing

0320 North University Building

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1057

Telephone 734-763-3452

http://www.lsa.umich.edu/eli/testing/melab

Information for therapists from New Zealand

To work as a Therapist in the United States, you need to meet a few basic requirements. 

These include:

  • Graduation from a 4-year general Therapy program at an accredited school of therapy.
  • THEORY and CLINICAL internship. A current Therapist license in your home country.
  • Two years of acute-care and sub-acute care experience Must qualify for U.S. Visa.
  • No criminal record.

After meeting these requirements, we will help you move on to the visa process.

Information for therapists from the Philippines

To work as a Therapist in the United States, you need to meet a few basic requirements. 

These include:

  • Graduation from a 4-year general Therapy program at an accredited school of therapy.
  • THEORY and CLINICAL internship. A current Therapist license in your home country.
  • Two years of acute-care and sub-acute care experience Must qualify for U.S. Visa.
  • No criminal record.

Immigrant healthcare workers must demonstrate competence in oral and written English, as shown by an appropriate score on one or more nationally recognized tests. These tests are commercially available, standardized assessments of English language proficiency. Foreign-educated therapist applying to the VisaScreen™ program must satisfy these requirements by choosing one of the following options:

OPTION 1

Take each of the three following tests administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS):

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 540 or higher AND
  • Test of Spoken English (TSE) with a score of 50 or higher AND
  • Test of Written English (TWE) with a score of 4.0 or higher.

OPTION 2

Take the following tests administered by the English Language Institute (ELI):

  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), Section 1,2,3 with an average of 79 or higher
  • Oral Test with a score of 3+ or higher

Note: Therapist who has graduated from a therapy program in Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, and the U.K. are exempt from this English language requirement.

For more information about taking the TOEFL, TWE and TSE exams, as well as international test sites, please contact:

TOEFL/TSE Publications

Test of English as a Foreign Language

P.O. Box 6151

Princeton, NJ 08541-6151

Telephone 609-771-7100

http://www.toefl.org

For more information on taking the MELAB examination, please contact:

English Language Institute

MELAB Testing

0320 North University Building

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1057

Telephone 734-763-3452

http://www.lsa.umich.edu/eli/testing/melab

After meeting these requirements, we will help you move on to the visa process.

Information for therapists from South Africa

To work as a Therapist in the United States, you need to meet a few basic requirements. 

These include:

  • Graduation from a 4-year general Therapy program at an accredited school of therapy.
  • THEORY and CLINICAL internship. A current Therapist license in your home country.
  • Two years of acute-care and sub-acute care experience Must qualify for U.S. Visa.
  • No criminal record.

Immigrant healthcare workers must demonstrate competence in oral and written English, as shown by an appropriate score on one or more nationally recognized tests. These tests are commercially available, standardized assessments of English language proficiency. Foreign-educated therapist applying to the VisaScreen™ program must satisfy these requirements by choosing one of the following options:

OPTION 1

Take each of the three following tests administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS):

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 540 or higher AND
  • Test of Spoken English (TSE) with a score of 50 or higher AND
  • Test of Written English (TWE) with a score of 4.0 or higher.

OPTION 2

Take the following tests administered by the English Language Institute (ELI):

  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), Section 1,2,3 with an average of 79 or higher
  • Oral Test with a score of 3+ or higher

Note: Therapist who has graduated from a therapy program in Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, and the U.K. are exempt from this English language requirement.

For more information about taking the TOEFL, TWE and TSE exams, as well as international test sites, please contact:

TOEFL/TSE Publications

Test of English as a Foreign Language

P.O. Box 6151

Princeton, NJ 08541-6151

Telephone 609-771-7100

http://www.toefl.org

For more information on taking the MELAB examination, please contact:

English Language Institute

MELAB Testing

0320 North University Building

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1057

Telephone 734-763-3452

http://www.lsa.umich.edu/eli/testing/melab

After meeting these requirements, we will help you move on to the visa process.

Information for therapists from the United Kingdom

To work as a Therapist in the United States, you need to meet a few basic requirements. 

These include:

  • Graduation from a 4-year general Therapy program at an accredited school of therapy.
  • THEORY and CLINICAL internship. A current Therapist license in your home country.
  • Two years of acute-care and sub-acute care experience Must qualify for U.S. Visa.
  • No criminal record.

After meeting these requirements, we will help you move on to the visa process.

We Go The Extra Mile

With RN Staff you'll receive a lifelong commitment to your personal and professional therapist career development and success.

We assess your skills & credentials.

We listen to your needs.

We coach you in resume and interview skills.

We match you to ideal positions.

We negotiate your best compensation.

We facilitate any licensure, work visa, or relocation details.

The Immigration Process

What are the different ways for me to live and work as a therapist in the U.S?

There are two primary requirements that you will have to fulfill:

For Physical Therapist:

You have to apply for credential evaluation to FCCPT/ICD/ICHP. If they find considerable, they will approve of you, and you can proceed to apply for eligibility to take the NPTE with FSBPT. After receiving the visitor visa to get here, you can take the exam in any testing site in the United States. Once FCCPT receives passing scores for the TOEFL, they will then issue a certificate (Visa Screen Certificate).

For Occupational Therapists:

You have to apply for credential evaluation to NBCOT, and if credentials are approved based on U.S. standard of education, you can proceed on using to take the exam. After receiving the visitor visa to get here, you can take the exam in any testing site in the United States. After passing the exam, you must also pass the TOEFL exam with a score of 220 or more. Once NBCOT receives both passing scores for the TOEFL, they will then issue a certificate (Visa Screen Certificate). 

I-140 - Employment-based Permanent Residency (Green Card)

The immigration method with the fewest requirements on the therapist and employer is to apply for an employment-based green card. The green card allows a therapist to work in the U.S. indefinitely.

Therapy is one of the few professions that does not require a labor certification to be filed before applying.

H-1B - For Positions Requiring at Least a Bachelor's Degree

The H-1B visa can be used to hire skilled professionals that have at least a bachelor's degree and are filling a position that requires the same level of education.

Most registered nurses and nursing jobs do not meet this requirement. If the U.S. employer is hiring foreign nurses for supervisory or management positions or subspecialty areas that require a bachelor's degree, an H-1B might be an option.

Additionally, if your facility hires nurses with bachelor's degrees almost exclusively, it is possible to make a case for using the H-1B to bring in international nursing talent.

Approval of an H-1B visa can take anywhere from two to six months.

H-1B's last for three years, and are eligible for another three-year extension.

TN - For Canadian or Mexican Nurses

Registered nurses who are Canadian or Mexican citizens can work in the U.S. on the T.N. visa, as long as they have a state or provincial nursing license. The TN visa typically takes from one to six weeks to approve and is suitable for one year. It may be renewed in yearly increments an unlimited number of times.

H-1C - For Facilities in Underserved Areas

The H-1C visa was created in 1999 specifically for hospitals in areas with low primary care physicians-to-patient ratios, typically in rural or inner-city locations. Facilities must meet additional stringent standards, so harsh, in fact, that the U.S. Department of Labor identified only 14 hospitals that qualified to hire nurses on H-1C visas. These 14 hospitals face additional restrictions: the INS will issue only 500 H-1C visas each year. The program limits the number of H-1C's issued, depending on the state population. H-1C visas are valid for three years and usually take two to six months to approve.

What is an H1B visa?

1. Information/Documentation needed from the foreign worker

Documentation is needed from the foreign worker to process his/her H-1B visa. There may be items that the foreign worker does not have or may not know. Those items that are not applicable are optional.

If spouse and children are residing in the U.S. at the time we file for the foreign worker's H-1B visa: the items listed are needed to process their H-4 visas.

2. Information/Documentation needed from the employer

Specific documents are needed from the employer to process an H-1B visa. Once an employer establishes a connection with us, we only need certain information.

After receiving the Prevailing Wage Determination, the Labor Condition Application (LCA) can be completed and posted at the worksite (to be left up for ten consecutive days in two conspicuous places). After we confirm the LCA is live, we can then file the LCA with the Department of Labor. In approximately 10 - 14 business days, the approved (certified) copy of this form will arrive in our office. We will fax a copy of the filed form to the employer, with instructions about giving a copy of the LCA to the (prospective) employee.

When we receive all the information from the foreign worker and the employer, the paperwork for the petition can begin. When all information has transferred onto the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) forms, authorized signatures obtained. When all the paperwork is signed, and the certified LCA arrives, all is packaged and sent to INS.

Credentials Evaluation (Education/Work):

If we are missing education credential evaluations, the INS requires that an assessment of credentials be performed and added as supporting documentation to the application. This evaluation is done to make sure that the foreign worker's degree is equivalent to a U.S. degree. If we are missing an assessment, we must have readable copies of official documents. These may include the foreign worker's degree certificate(s), transcripts, or mark sheets. The more information provided to us, the faster the education evaluation performs. Usually, the cost for an education evaluation is approximately $125.00; however, in some cases, it may cost more.

The credentialing process usually takes approximately two weeks to complete and is customarily performed at the same time that the Department of Labor is processing the LCA. Therefore, the credentialing process does typically not delay a file.

Approximately 4 - 8 weeks:

In about 14 - 21 days after mailing the I-129 Petition to INS, a "Receipt Notice of Action," Form I-797, is received in our office. When we accept that notice, it means that INS has received the file and is beginning to process it. If we don't get that notice in at least 21 days after mailing, we will investigate. If INS is satisfied with the file, they will send an "Approval Notice of Action," Form I-797, usually within 14 - 36 days of the Receipt Notice. If we do not hear anything after 36 days, we will investigate!

Occasionally, between the Receipt Notice and the Approval Notice, a letter from INS may be received requesting more information or clarification of a fact. With the employer's cooperation and the cooperation of the foreign worker, we comply with their request. If this happens, it can delay the process another 10 -14 (or more) days.

Additional information that may be helpful during the hiring process:

General questions that may be asked of the foreign workers during an interview to qualify a potential employee's immigration status.

If the foreign worker is residing in the U.S. and has maintained a valid immigration status, he or she may now go to work for the new employer.

If the foreign worker is outside the U.S., they may now go to the U.S. Embassy listed on the I-129 petition to have the visa issued and stamped, after which, they may enter the U.S.

Please note that there are many, many situations and types of visas that a person could experience. The above information will hopefully give you a brief overview of the most common things you will need to know before applying for the H-1B visa. Anytime you have questions about a particular situation, contact an immigration attorney.

The H-1B Visa - What are the steps and proccessing times invovled?

Approximately 6 - 10 weeks, if all goes well!

As soon as an employer suspects they will be hiring a new foreign worker, the completion of the Prevailing Wage Determination and Labor Condition Application can begin. Depending on the state, obtaining the Prevailing Wage Determination varies in difficulty and time involved (from a few days to 2 weeks or more).

To begin the Prevailing Wage Determination and the Labor Condition Application, we will need the following information:

  1. Kind of the profession
  2. Job title and requirements (educational & experience) for the job
  3. Salary to be paid
  4. Employer's name and address
  5. The physical address where the foreign worker will perform the job
  6. Setting where the job will be
What is needed to begin the processing of an H-1B visa?

1. Information/Documentation needed from the foreign worker

Documentation is needed from the foreign worker to process his/her H-1B visa. There may be items that the foreign worker does not have or may not know. Those items that are not applicable are optional.

If spouse and children are residing in the U.S. at the time we file for the foreign worker's H-1B visa: the items listed are needed to process their H-4 visas.

2. Information/Documentation needed from the employer

Specific documents are needed from the employer to process an H-1B visa. Once an employer establishes a connection with us, we only need certain information.

After receiving the Prevailing Wage Determination, the Labor Condition Application (LCA) can be completed and posted at the worksite (to be left up for ten consecutive days in two conspicuous places). After we confirm the LCA is live, we can then file the LCA with the Department of Labor. In approximately 10 - 14 business days, the approved (certified) copy of this form will arrive in our office. We will fax a copy of the filed form to the employer, with instructions about giving a copy of the LCA to the (prospective) employee.

When we receive all the information from the foreign worker and the employer, the paperwork for the petition can begin. When all information has transferred onto the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) forms, authorized signatures obtained. When all the paperwork is signed, and the certified LCA arrives, all is packaged and sent to INS.

Credentials Evaluation (Education/Work):

If we are missing education credential evaluations, the INS requires that an assessment of credentials be performed and added as supporting documentation to the application. This evaluation is done to make sure that the foreign worker's degree is equivalent to a U.S. degree. If we are missing an assessment, we must have readable copies of official documents. These may include the foreign worker's degree certificate(s), transcripts, or mark sheets. The more information provided to us, the faster the education evaluation performs. Usually, the cost for an education evaluation is approximately $125.00; however, in some cases, it may cost more.

The credentialing process usually takes approximately two weeks to complete and is customarily performed at the same time that the Department of Labor is processing the LCA. Therefore, the credentialing process does typically not delay a file.

Approximately 4 - 8 weeks:

In about 14 - 21 days after mailing the I-129 Petition to INS, a "Receipt Notice of Action," Form I-797, is received in our office. When we accept that notice, it means that INS has received the file and is beginning to process it. If we don't get that notice in at least 21 days after mailing, we will investigate. If INS is satisfied with the file, they will send an "Approval Notice of Action," Form I-797, usually within 14 - 36 days of the Receipt Notice. If we do not hear anything after 36 days, we will investigate!

Occasionally, between the Receipt Notice and the Approval Notice, a letter from INS may be received requesting more information or clarification of a fact. With the employer's cooperation and the cooperation of the foreign worker, we comply with their request. If this happens, it can delay the process another 10 -14 (or more) days.

Additional information that may be helpful during the hiring process:

General questions that may be asked of the foreign workers during an interview to qualify a potential employee's immigration status.

If the foreign worker is residing in the U.S. and has maintained a valid immigration status, he or she may now go to work for the new employer.

If the foreign worker is outside the U.S., they may now go to the U.S. Embassy listed on the I-129 petition to have the visa issued and stamped, after which, they may enter the U.S.

Please note that there are many, many situations and types of visas that a person could experience. The above information will hopefully give you a brief overview of the most common things you will need to know before applying for the H-1B visa. Anytime you have questions about a particular situation, contact an immigration attorney.

What is a green card and how do I get one?

Permanent residence status, symbolized to many people by the so-called "green card," which is pink, confers on foreign nationals the right to live and work in the U.S. without time limitations.

The two most common ways to obtain permanent residence is by close family ties to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, or through employment with a U.S.-based employer. For purposes of this discussion, the work-based visa will be our focus. There are two main phases of the process.

Phase I: The alien must be sponsored by the employer, who files a petition with INS to have the alien classified as a person qualified to immigrate.

Phase II: Once the alien is found qualified to immigrate, he or she may proceed to apply for permanent resident status. The application can be made through Consular Processing or by Adjustment of Status.

Once the immigrant visa is issued, the permanent resident may then travel freely on the permit and may accept employment without restrictions. We recommend that the foreign worker remain employed by the sponsoring employer for at least six (6) months after the visa is issued to show good intent regarding the employment relationship. 

The above information has been taken from immigration-related sources, readily available to the public. Do not take this as legal advice or legal direction. The information shown is much condensed. If an H-1B visa is in your future, be sure to contact an immigration specialist to assist in the process.

Without RN-Staff

No connections

You'll spend countless hours due to limited network and resources.

Lack of Contacts

In addition to limited resources, you'll spend extra time trying to get a foot in the door. 

Overwhelmed

By the time you find something, you'll spend even more time learning the immigration process. 

Wasted time and money

After spending many months, you'd have spent well over 2x the amount of time and money that you'd normally spend. 

With RN-Staff

Nationwide Connections

RN-Staff has partnered with several locations across the U.S with a rich pool of opportunities.

Highly Trained

We have a dedicated team of professionals who know what to look for and can get the job done quickly. 

Professional

In addition to their training, our team can help with resume building as well as interview feedback. 

Opportunities come to you

Instead of sifting through dozens of sites and jobs, we'll build a catalog of opportunities based on your skill set. 

The FAQs

What do I need to apply for an immigrant visa/green card?

There are two major requirements that you will have to fulfill: For Physical Therapist: You have to apply for credential evaluation to FCCPT/ICD/ICHP and if find considerable they will approve you and you can proceed on applying for eligibility to take the NPTE with FSBPT, after arranging for the visitor visa to get here, you can now take the exam in any testing sites in the US. You must also pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam (Countries whose primary language is not English) with a score of 220 or more. Once FCCPT receives passing scores for the TOEFL they will then issue a certificate (Visa Screen Certificate). For Occupational Therapies: you have to apply for credential evaluation to NBCOT and if credentials are approved based on US standard of education you can proceed on applying to take the exam. The State Board exam can be taken on the country where NBCOT has a testing site. After passing the exam you must also pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam (Countries whose primary language is not English) with a score of 220 or more. Once NBCOT receives both passing scores for the TOEFL they will then issue a certificate (Visa Screen Certificate).

Which exam should I take?

For most International Physical Therapists, it is usually easy to obtain a tourist visa (B-I) that allows you to travel to the U.S. and take the NPTE exam. You must also pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam (Countries whose primary language is not English) with a score of 220 or more. For most International Occupational Therapist, all they need to do is find out in which country near their home country the NBCOT is conducting the NBCOT exam if it is not available in their home country.

If I do not have the Visa Credentials Certificate or the Visa Screen Certificate am I still eligible for your program?

Yes, we can still assist you. However, you must have Visa Credentials Certificate or the Visa Screen Certificate in order to file for an H1b petition. Keep in mind that even though the Visa Screen Certificate is not a requirement for our program, having the Visa Screen certificate will expedite your entry into the U.S.

While I am waiting for my green card can I go and take the TOEFL and process my visa credentials certification?

Yes, please note that although we can start the filing process without your visa credentials certification, it will still be needed and asked by the USCIS in the process of your green card. Having the certification by the time the USCIS ask for it will help speed up your immigration process.  

While waiting for the approval of my green card can I still come to the US on a visitor visa (B1 or B2)?

No, you may not enter the U.S., Hawaii or Guam for any reason once we have filled a “green card” for you until you receive your actual green card. If you do enter the U.S. during this time, we will have to restart the process.  

I have taken and passed the NBCOT but now they say I must take the TOEFL exam (Countries whose primary language is not English) before I can receive my certificate. Is this true?

Yes, it is now a two-step process before the NBCOT Organization will release the certificate.

Can I apply for an H1-A visa?

No, this visa no longer exists.

How long does the entire process take?

For the green card, it usually takes 6 months to 12 months to process depending on the availability of visas during that time of filing. For h1b petition, it usually takes between 3 months to 6 months to process.

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