We often receive questions about the role of CGFNS in nurse immigration. CGFNS has a number of different product lines which overlap and add to the confusion.
Here are three of the most common uses of CGFNS within the US visa processing system. It is best to think of these three product lines as independent:
CGFNS credentials evaluation (CES) – Many US state licensing bodies call on CGFNS to review and evaluate foreign nurse’s credentials in advance of qualifying the nurses to sit for the NCLEX exam. CES is the process by which applicants can have their nursing education evaluated by CGFNS for clearance to sit for the state’s nursing exam (NCLEX).
CGFNS Predictor (Qualifying) Exam – This is an older, legacy exam that is now rarely used to assess a foreign nurse’s competence in nursing. It was more widespread before the expansion of international NCLEX testing centers.
CGFNS Visa Screen – This is the Healthcare Worker Certificate (HWC) that is needed by RNs at the very end of their immigration process, at their consular interview. CGFNS’ HWC is branded the Visa Screen. All nurses and allied healthcare workers must have:
· Passed the US licensing exam;
· Graduated from a university that is equivalent to a US school in the same profession;
· Passed an English fluency examination; and
· Hold a spotless overseas professional license.
In recent years USCIS approved a second issuer of HWCs, Josef Silney.