The VisaScreen®: Visa Credentials Assessment Service is a comprehensive screening program for health care professionals who are not U.S. citizens and are seeking an occupational visa to work in the United States. Health care professionals need to complete the screening program before they can receive either a permanent or temporary occupational visa, including Trade NAFTA status.
For a basic overview of the VisaScreen® process, download the VisaScreen®: Visa Credentials Assessment requirements PDF document attached to this article.
What does the VisaScreen Program include?
- An assessment of an applicant’s education to ensure that it is comparable to that of a U.S. graduate in the same profession
- A verification that all professional health care licenses that an applicant ever held are valid and without restrictions
- An English language proficiency examination
- For registered nurses only, a verification that the nurse has passed either the CGFNS Qualifying Exam®, NCLEX-RN® or for select years and provinces its predecessor, the State Board Test Pool Examination (SBTPE).
- Applicants who successfully complete VisaScreen®receive an official ICHP Certificate for the VisaScreen®: Visa Credentials Assessment Service, which satisfies the United States Federal screening requirements.
Who orders the VisaScreen® Service?
- Registered Nurses
- Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurses
- Physical Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
- Physician Assistants
- Speech Language Pathologists
- Clinical Laboratory Technicians (Medical Laboratory Technicians)
- Clinical Laboratory Scientists (Medical Laboratory Technologists)
Purpose of VisaScreen®?
Section 343 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (the IIRIRA) of 1996 requires specific health care professionals to complete a screening program before they can receive either a permanent or temporary occupational visa, including Trade NAFTA status.