Tuesday, July 6, 2010

CGFNS encourages on-line filings

CGFNS recently announced that paper Applications will incur an additional $75 charge. In order to avoid the charge, applicants are encouraged to file their Applications on-line at CGFNS Connect.

CGFNS is one of the major credentials evaluators for internationally-educated students. Their credentials evaluation services include registration and licensure of nurses and other health care professionals, such as Physical and Occupational Therapists.

Perhaps their best-known service is the Visa Screen, which is the CGFNS-branded Healthcare Worker Certificate. US immigration law mandates that all Applicants for nonimmigrant and immigrant visas obtain a Healthcare Worker Certificate prior to entering the US.
Several private companies are approved to issue the HWC, although most are limited by occupation. For instance, FCCPT issues HWCs for Physical Therapists; NBCOT issues HWCs for Occupational Therapists. CGFNS issues HWCs for all seven relevant occupations:
  • Licensed practical nurse, licensed vocational nurse, or registered nurse
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physical therapist
  • Speech language pathologist and audiologist
  • Medical technologist (clinical laboratory scientist)
  • Physician assistant
  • Medical technician (clinical laboratory technician)

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