- Nurses & Physical Therapists
In most employment
based green card cases, professionals must first be issued a permanent
certification from the Federal Department of Labor
in order to obtain an employment based green card. However, due
to the country wide shortage of professional nurses and physical
therapists in the United States a labor certification is not a requirement
when applying for a green card for a nurse or a physical therapist.
In order to
obtain a green card based on employment for a nurse or physical
therapist the following steps must be completed:
- The employer
must file an immigrant visa petition with the United States Citizenship
and Immigration Services (USCIS) and must prove: that the applicant
possesses the minimum qualifications required to fill the position
being offered; and, that the employer qualifies to sponsor the
applicant for a green card.
- Upon approval
of the immigrant visa petition the applicant must apply for a
green card interview either at the United States Embassy in his
home country or with the USCIS in the United States. If, at the
interview the applicant is not found to be inadmissible for any
reason (example: criminal history, immigration violations, etc.)
a green card will be issued.
It should be
understood that obtaining a green card through employment requires
an employer who is willing and able to permanently sponsor the applicant.
Moreover, nurses and physical therapists must also possess a Visa
Screen from the Commission of Graduates of Foreign
Nursing Schools (CGFNS) and/or the International Consultants of
Delaware (ICD). Without the Visa Screen the green card process
cannot be completed.
If you would
like to explore your specific green card options please send a request
to us at:
12865 Point Del Mar, Suite 190
Del Mar, CA 92014, USA
Tel. (858) 481-5211
Fax. (858) 481-7271