Friday, April 16, 2021


CGFNS has a fast-track “Certified Statement” Visa Screen for foreign nurses who are educated in the US, and a few other English speaking countries (see below). 

Franklin University, an Ohio college, offers graduate nursing degree, such as Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) to foreign nurses who received a 2 year degree in other countries, such as the Philippines.  CGFNS was trying to force these BSNs to file for the more expensive and time consuming regular Visa Screen, instead of the Certified Statement.  

Franklin University tried to convince CGFNS that making these nurses apply for the costlier and time-consuming process was contrary to the relevant USCIS’ regulation.  When CGFNS refused to allow these nurses to apply for the Certified Statement, Franklin University sued.  This week, the court held that CGFNS must issue Certified Statements to these US-graduates of BSNs. 

The countries are:  Australia, Barbados, Canada (including only the following approved Quebec schools: McGill University and Dawson College in Montreal, Vanier College in St Laurent, John Abbot College in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, and Heritage College in Gatineau), Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Africa, Trinidad/Tobago, the United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) 

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