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International License


Licensure For International Nurses

In order to work as a nurse in the US, you must possess:

  • -Current Nursing License in your country of citizenship
  • -Passport
  • -Visa authorization
  • -CGFNS VisaScreen Certificate (Overseas Nurses only)
  • -Contract of employment provided by Alda

Additionally, all nurses must hold a valid United States Nursing License. A State Board of Nursing issues a United States Nursing License in the state you plan to work. Your home country's board of nursing and a specific state Board of Nursing will administer this process.

Canadian Nurses only: please note that some states recognize Canadian licensure. Click here for list of US states that accept Canadian licensure.

Alda will provide you with the necessary application to apply for a United States Nursing license. The cost for this application is $300. You are responsible for this cost, which includes fees and mailing costs.


NCLEX-RN Examination

It's not over yet! Once your application has been approved, you must take and pass the National Council License Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). You must complete this process prior to becoming eligible for immigration.

The NCLEX-RN examination is a computerized test consisting of 75 to 250 questions. It typically takes 2 to 5 hours to complete. You will be required to study thoroughly and complete practice exams. Alda will provide study materials and practice exams to help you prepare for the examination.

You will be responsible to pay the fees for the NCLEX-RN examination. Once you meet all requirements, Alda will reimburse this expense to you after you arrive in the US.

To take the NCLEX-RN exam, you will travel to a designated state within the US or to the countries where the NCLEX exam is conducted. You will travel on a temporary or visitor's visa. AldaNurses can make all travel and accommodations. Alda will also

provide travel arrangements to your job assignment from this location. If you prefer, you may make these arrangements yourself. Please note that this location may not be the same as your job assignment.

If available, overseas Nurses may take the exam in a US territory overseas.

After completing and successfully passing the NCLEX-RN exam, the immigration process and final INS decision will take approximately 1 month for Canadian nurses, and between 3 months to 1 year for overseas nurses. To facilitate the process, Alda requests your full participation in completing any necessary paperwork and following all INS requirements. The final decision is at the discretion of INS. Alda has no authority in this decision.

To start the application process, click here.

To contact Alda, click here.


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