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Work as a Nurse in the U.S.

Are you a nurse looking to come work in the U.S.? Here are the steps for getting started.

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You’re eligible to work in the U.S. if you’re a Registered Nurse in your home country. Contact the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) to see if you're qualified.
When you know where in the U.S. you’d like to work, you can apply to that state’s Board of Nursing and take the NCLEX-RN. This is a standardized test that’ll earn you a Registered Nurse license. It may include an English language proficiency test.
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Did you know
The nursing profession is growing twice as fast as the average occupation in the U.S.
Did you know
Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 6 percent from 2022 to 2032, faster than the average for all occupations.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Nov. 2023

Did you know
Registered Nurses make up the largest segment of the U.S. health workforce.
Find a job
Once you have your Registered Nurse license, you can look for a job through a nursing recruitment agency or U.S.-based employer. When you have received a job offer, you can apply for a U.S. visa.
Get a visa
The last step is to apply for a non-immigrant visa that will allow you to work in the U.S. Citizens of Canada or Mexico can apply for a Trade National Visa (TN), which is a special arrangement that each of these countries have with the U.S.

Get tips on applying for nursing jobs in the U.S.

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Group of smiling nurses in scrubs holding folders
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