America has long been touted as the “Land of Opportunity” and right now, for Canadian nurses, this has never been truer. With the increasing nursing shortage facing the U.S., Cross Country TravCorps has opened the door to vast opportunities to our neighbors in the north.
Talented and experienced nurses in Canada can enjoy all of the benefits the United States has to offer. This is your chance to work at some of the world’s most prestigious medical facilities while living in some of the most interesting cities on earth. But the best part about becoming a Canadian travel nurse with Cross Country TravCorps is that we walk you through the entire immigration process. From obtaining your TN Visa to getting a Green Card, we’ll make sure that you’re placed on an assignment that’s right for you — we’ll be with you every step of the way.
Cross Country TravCorps has a team of recruiters who are trained in international recruiting. It’s their job to make the entire transition process as smooth as possible. We even have a VisaScreen Assistance Program for our Canadian travel nurses. Plus, you’ll work with an Immigration Case Manager who will provide you with access to your immigration status.
We have many Canadian travel nurses who have been traveling with us for many assignments and we have many more who are just joining our team. But no matter how new or experienced they are… they all enjoy the great service and benefits we have to offer, including:
So if you think travel nursing in the United States with Cross Country TravCorps is just what you need to take your career to the next level, please see our TN Visa and Adjustment of Status and/or Green Card information below.
Canadian Travel Nurses Information you need to know
What is NAFTA?
NAFTA is the North American Free Trade Agreement. It creates a special economic and trade relationship for the United States, Canada and Mexico.
What is a Trade NAFTA (TN) visa?
The nonimmigrant NAFTA Professional (TN) visa allows citizens of Canada and Mexico, as NAFTA professionals, to work in the United States. Permanent residents, including Canadian permanent residents, are not able to apply to work as a NAFTA professional.
Can any foreign nurse work on a TN visa?
Unfortunately, no. In order to qualify for a Trade NAFTA visa, you must be a citizen of Canada or Mexico.
How long are TN visas valid for?
TN visas are valid for the duration of the employment agreement.
Will Cross Country TravCorps help me obtain a TN visa?
Absolutely! Cross Country TravCorps will sponsor your TN visa and our Immigration team will also assist you in obtaining your TN visa.
Can the spouse of a Canadian nurse obtain a TN visa and can he/she work?
No, the spouse of a Canadian nurse is not eligible for a TN visa. However, they are eligible for a TD visa. This means that they can reside in the United States legally for the duration of the employment of the principal TN visa. Unfortunately, a TD visa holder may not work.
Can a TN visa apply for a Green Card?
Yes, in most instances a TN visa holder who remains in lawful status may apply for a permanent residence, otherwise known as a Green Card.
Canadian Travel Nurses – Find out about our VisaScreen Assistance Program
As of July 2004, all Canadian travel nurses entering the United States on a Trade NAFTA visa will need a VisaScreen Certificate prior to starting their traveling career.
Cross Country TravCorps is ready to help with the VisaScreen Assistance Program.
Here's how it works:
Cross Country TravCorps will take care of these steps for you:
All of this means that you will never have to make any calls to CGFNS.
Once we receive your VisaScreen Certificate – you may be eligible for reimbursement of the application fee. Call toll free 866.335.6101 and speak to a VisaScreen Specialist for more details.
Canadian Travel Nurses Important VisaScreen Certificate Information
What is a VisaScreen Certificate?
A VisaScreen Certificate is issued by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS). It is required of all foreign trained nurses and physical therapists coming to the United States to work as a healthcare professional. The VisaScreen Certificate is an educational review, licensure review, English language assessment and predictive examination for nurses.
If I am a registered nurse, do I need to complete the NCLEX-RN examination in order to complete my VisaScreen process?
Yes, you will need to have your NCLEX-RN.
Do I need a VisaScreen Certificate if I am a Canadian entering the United States on a "TN" visa to work as a nurse?
Yes, pursuant to Section 343 of the Illegal Immigration Reform Act of 1996, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service will require that you possess a VisaScreen Certificate prior to being admitted as a TN.
How is Cross Country TravCorps prepared to help me obtain a VisaScreen Certificate?
Cross Country TravCorps provides you with a VisaScreen Specialist, as part of our VisaScreen Assistance Program, who will handle the process of obtaining your VisaScreen Certificate from start to finish. To find out more about our VisaScreen Assistance Program, click here.
Is there any reimbursement for obtaining the VisaScreen Certificate at Cross Country TravCorps?
Yes. There is a reimbursement program when you obtain your VisaScreen Certificate for which you may be eligible.