We Are Answering All Of Your Questions About Moving Abroad

We Are Answering All Of Your Questions About Moving Abroad

Moving abroad, while exciting, also comes with a long checklist of things to do before you go. CareerKnacks thrives on helping answer your questions throughout the hiring and moving process, there are some things that just need to be answered up front. Knowing what you are getting yourself, and your family, into before you make the leap to working and living abroad is incredibly important. So we are answering all your questions about moving abroad.

  1. How much will it cost to bring my belongings with me?
    While there are certainly options for shipping all of your belongings to your new home in America, it can be costly. We suggest bringing a few extra suitcases on your flight over and buying new things for your home when you arrive. The cost of the extra cases is a lot more cost-effective and the options for picking up inexpensive furniture and home goods is easy with sites like Craigslist, etc.

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Our Best Tips for Starting A New Nursing Job

Our Best Tips for Starting A New Nursing Job

 

Leaving familiar surroundings and people to enter unknown territory can be scary, especially when it comes to your career. Leaving a job where you know the facilities, the norms and the other employees to go to a place where you have to learn these things all over again can make a job transition seem unappealing. However in many situations a job change has more benefits than it does downfalls. In most instances a job transition is the result of pursuing a promising career opportunity. Here at CareerKnacks we are offering the nurses we recruit a new and exciting path for their career, but if you’re nervous don’t worry — here is a list of tips that will help make the transition into your new job as smooth and easy as possible.

Take advantage of your orientation — Ask every question that pops into your head and write everything down in a notepad. Being actively engaged at your orientation will not only help you get to know your new job, but it will help you appear excited and ambitious.

Rely on your mentor — Go to your mentor or other nurses with any uncertainties you might have. It is their job to show you the ropes and help get you feeling comfortable.

Get to know your coworkers — As a nurse, your coworkers are your teammates. It’s important to get to know them so that even the most difficult situations run as smoothly as possible. They are the only other people who know exactly what you’re experiencing at work, so use that connection for support.

Be teachable — Don’t be afraid to ask questions and always be open to constructive criticism and advice.

Stay positive and be confident — Being in a new place can make you feel like you suddenly don’t know anything, but remind yourself of what you’ve accomplished so far and give yourself the credit you deserve. Your new coworkers might even learn a new thing or two from you.

Recharge your batteries — Always make time to relax. Being a nurse is a stressful job, there is no doubt about it. Taking some “you” time will make you a better nurse overall.

Give your new job a fair chance — Before you get too frustrated or scared that you made a poor decision, remind yourself that it will take some time to get accustomed to this new position. Think back to your old job that you were so comfortable in and remember that you were once the new kid there too.

Check out these tips at NurseTogether.com for more advice on transitioning into your new nursing job.

How to Reduce Stress At Work For Better Performance

How to Reduce Stress At Work For Better Performance

 

Nurses tend to have jam-packed, and often stressful, schedules consisting of late nights, early mornings and 12-hour shifts. Getting accustomed to a new country, a new job and a new time zone all while working around a crazy schedule are contributing factors to the stress you might be feeling. Balancing your home life, work life, and social life may seem impossible. At CareerKnacks we want you to enjoy this new adventure in a stress-free way. Below are some stress-reduction tips to help ease your hectic schedule.

Make a list — Creating a prioritized “to do” list will make you feel tremendously more organized. Write down a list of all the things you have to do, work-related and not, then put them in order of importance. Check off one item at a time. Don’t do the following item until the one before it is complete. Focusing on one task at a time instead of the mountain of tasks as a whole will make things feel less overwhelming.

Take a breather — Nursing jobs can be very intense work. It might seem like everything needs to be done quickly, but if you begin feeling too pressured it can result in sloppy work. The shifts are long and the work can require you to be very focused, because of this five minute breaks can be crucial. Take a lap around the building or step into the break room and take a moment to breathe.

Use your team for emotional support — Your coworkers are the only people who truly understand what it’s like to have the stress that you do. Use your teammates as an emotional support system. Whether you need to vent to someone or you just need to share a laugh remember that you have people who are in the same place you are.

Maintain a healthy personal life — As much focus as you put on your patient’s health, put the same amount on yours. It’s incredibly important to remember to exercise, eat well, sleep plenty, stay social and maintain a healthy lifestyle outside of work. Your work life will only be successful if your personal life remains in check also.

Cut yourself some slack — You’re going to make mistakes. In the nursing industry, where the work is so intense, it’s really easy to hold yourself to extremely high standards. Remind yourself of how far you’ve come and, most importantly, that you’re only human.

To read about some other stress-reduction techniques for nursing professionals check out the list courtesy of HealthLeadersMedia.com and NursingWorld.org.

Changes to the Texas Board of Nursing Endorsement License Process

Changes to the Texas Board of Nursing Endorsement License Process

 

You may have noticed some news the past few weeks with regard to the Texas Board of Nursing endorsement license process. The notable changes include the following:

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Up until June 16th, 2016 the Texas Board of Nursing has permitted nurses without an active license in another US state to endorse into their state.  This was a great licensing solution for nurses who possessed a California NCLEX pass letter, but who could not obtain a physical license without a social security number.  The Texas Board of Nursing will honor the applications they received before June 6th, 2016, but if your application for endorsement expires you will not be permitted to continue.

CareerKnacks is always seeking solutions to these problems, so if you are stuck in the process or need some advice please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to help you in any way that we can.

It’s Officially the Start of the “Ber” Months in the Philippines!

It’s Officially the Start of the “Ber” Months in the Philippines!

 

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For those of you who are not familiar, the often-talked about “Ber” months is known as the official countdown to Christmas in the Philippines! While it might seem a bit strange to start celebrating so early, it is a complete mindset shift that infects people of all ages once September rolls around. So what exactly does it mean? 

Things like cooler weather, colorful decorations (lanterns and Christmas trees!), and the opportunity to try out different recipes for meals and treats are just a few of the ways the “Ber” months are celebrated. 

Personally, we love any excuse to celebrate, and extending the Christmas spirit for several months sounds like a dream come true! 

Happy “Ber” Months to our friends in the Philippines and beyond! We are celebrating with you in spirit!

Tips to Rock Your International Interviews

Tips to Rock Your International Interviews

We understand that looking for a job overseas can be both exciting and intimidating, especially when it comes to the interviewing process, which often times is over the phone and/or Skype. Here at CareerKnacks we want help this exciting journey go as smoothly as possible, including helping you to feel confident and comfortable during an international interview. Below we have researched and compiled a list of tips that will help your interview be a success.

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Tips for an overseas interview:

  • Although you are interviewing internationally, it’s important to remember basic interview guidelines such as; dress appropriately and professionally, research the company’s history, prepare conversation-provoking questions, and arrive ahead of schedule.
  • It is also wise to research the country’s cultural etiquette. Basic mannerisms and social cues typically differ with each country. From attire to greetings and salutations, your attempt to understand and embrace the culture of the company you’re applying to work for will show that you are willing and prepared to acclimate to a new environment.  
  • Breaking the language barrier is fundamental in an international interview. You must be able to proficiently speak the language of the country to which you will be moving to.

It is not uncommon that an international interview be conducted via a Skype video call or a phone call and there are a couple of really important things to remember when having a professional conversation that isn’t face-to-face.  

Tips for a video call (Skye or WebEx) interview:

  • Make sure you’re dressed professionally and appropriately despite not meeting in person. In a video interview, the interviewer is still likely to see you from the chest up and you want to look presentable.
  • Make sure the background of your video call is clean and quiet. The interviewer will be able to see the room you’re in and you don’t want any noises that might disrupt the conversation or make it difficult to hear.
  • Make sure there is nothing in the room that might distract you during the interview. Keep your eyes on the screen and stay aware of your body language. Because you’re lacking the in-person connection, it’s important to emphasize that you are engaged with your body.
  • Speaking over video chat can sometimes feel awkward and unnatural. Practice with a friend before the actual interview so you can become more comfortable with the camera. This also gives you a chance to mess with your equipment as to avoid technical glitches during the actual interview.

Tips for a phone interview: 

  • It’s important to remember that a phone interview is to be taken just as seriously as a face-to-face meeting. Just because you have the advantage of being behind a phone, doesn’t mean that there is any less preparation involved. Get up early, get out of your pajamas and do some last minute preparation.
  • It’s best to find a desk or a table to sit down at while you talk. Pacing may make you sound like you’re doing something other than paying attention to the interview and also runs the risk of something distracting you.
  • It’s very important to speak slowly and enunciate. It can sometimes be difficult to understand people over the phone, so just make sure you’re giving the interviewer the best possible communication from your end.
  • When speaking on the phone make sure you give verbal signs that you’re still there and actively listening. A gentle “mhm” in appropriate places of the conversation typically works well to show that you are paying close attention.
  • Just as in a video call, it’s important to make sure there are no distractions in your environment that will take your attention away from the interview.

For other resources on how to rock an international interview check out the following links:

Expats Moving and Relocation Guide

Live Career — International Job Interview

Forbes — 7 Tips to Nail a Skype Interview

The Interview Guys — 8 Phone Interview Tips

What is a Magnet Hospital?

What is a Magnet Hospital?

 

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At CareerKnacks we are excited to place a number of the nurses that we bring to the United States in a Magnet Hospital. What is a Magnet Hospital? A hospital that has achieved Magnet Designation is a hospital that has been recognized and awarded for outstanding quality of care for its patients. The Magnet Designation is the highest ranking award that a hospital can receive. The Magnet Recognition Program was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, with only 6% of hospitals in the nation have been awarded Magnet Designation. The status of “Magnet Hospital” can be used as a benchmark for potential patients and employees alike. Patients checking into a Magnet hospital can rest assured that they will receive the best quality of care, and nurses taking jobs at a Magnet Hospital are entering into a work environment where they will be encouraged to flourish and sharpen their skills as professionals. Nurses working at Magnet Hospitals have reported higher rates of job satisfaction. 

According to the UC Davis Medical Center, here are some of the benefits that come with being a nurse at a Magnet Hospital:  

Benefits for Nurses Working at a Magnet Hospital:

  • A culture that focuses on improving patient outcomes
  • Professional growth and development by educational opportunities and support
  • A structure that encourages decision making at the bedside over clinical issues
  • High job satisfaction
  • An environment that recognizes and rewards competence
  • Low turnover and vacancy rates
  • Focus on professional autonomy
  • Enhances interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Professional growth opportunities
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Opportunity to practice professional nursing with strong interdisciplinary teamwork that supports autonomous practice of nursing
  • A culture that supports you to be the best nurse you can be

For more information on the Magnet Designation and what it means to be a Magnet Hospital check out this FAQ page on the UC Davis Medical Center’s website.

How to Find A Good School in America

How to Find A Good School in America

 

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Finding good schools for your kids is a top priority for all parents moving to a new country, and for good reason. Moving to America can be just as good for your child’s education as it can be for the advancement of your own career. But it is best to do your homework and research what schools rank the highest in the area you will be moving to. 

There aren’t many places in the country that don’t offer some really great schools, so be sure to check out these helpful resources to find the best fit for you and your family. 

Believe us, finding a good school will take a big weight off your shoulders when it comes time for your international move!

RESOURCES:

Fast Facts from the National Center for Education Statistics
Public and Private School Rankings
School and District Rankings
School Performance

 

CareerKnacks Presents the NCLEX-RN® Assistance Program

CareerKnacks Presents the NCLEX-RN® Assistance Program

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Taking the NCLEX-RN® Exam can often feel stressful and overwhelming, taking your focus and energy away from the most important part of it all: studying! CareerKnacks has been helping nurses navigate this process for more than 25 years. We have heard your concerns and  created a program to help. The CareerKnacks NCLEX-RN® Assistance Program was designed with you in mind and we would love to ease your stress with this helpful service. The benefits are too long to list here, but here is an idea of what you can expect to find when you enroll in our Assistance Program.

  1. Personal Advice and planning on the most appropriate Board of Nursing for your license application.
  2. Comprehensive instructions enabling you to obtain and correctly complete the appropriate Board of Nursing application forms.
  3. We will liaise with the Board of Nursing and keep track of your application and inform you on a regular basis the status of your application.
  4. We will liaise with MorphoTrust USA regarding your fingerprints and criminal background check.

The best part of this program is that you are in no way committed to CareerKnacks for your job placement. We know that you will have such a great experience that we can offer this service contract-free. However, if you do find placement through CareerKnacks, your program fee will be refunded in full upon commencement of your new job in America.

Interested in learning more about the NCLEX-RN® Assistance Program? Contact Us TODAY!
Why Immigration Might Be the Deciding Factor in the Election

Why Immigration Might Be the Deciding Factor in the Election

 

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The U.S. election is a topic of conversation for people around the world, in particular those who are interested in relocating the America. The two candidates have vastly different platforms on the topic and understandably has many on edge with what will happen if/when each of the candidates get into office. How will it impact you in your quest to move to America? 

Lucky for you, CareerKnacks is on your side. We know immigration inside and out, and are happy to answer any questions or concerns that you might have. Check out our post on both the Republican and the Democratic platforms on the topic of immigration for more information.

It is the belief of many experts that the rise in black, Hispanic, and Asian voters will continue to have a critical impact on the outcome of Presidential elections for years to come. In 2016, it does not appear as though immigration had much impact, but it is expected that the impact immigration will have in the general election will be huge. Candidates with anti-immigration policies come into the general election with a 24-point disadvantage in key electoral groups – white women, Hispanics, and young voters. These are the very groups that are expected to be the deciding factor in the 2016 Presidential election. Foreign-born citizens appear to be twice as likely to self-identify with conservative views, but that vote almost exclusively Democrat due to the issue of immigration alone. 

The topic is critical to the work that we do and we will continue to follow and stay up to date with the latest in immigration. If you have any questions, we are happy to answer them. Contact us with any questions or concerns. It is our job to help you navigate the tricky waters of immigration!

 

Facebook Group for CareerKnacks Nurses – invite only

Facebook Group for CareerKnacks Nurses – invite only

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With any international move, comes plenty of questions. So when it comes time to consider your move to the United States, we do our very best to ensure that you are prepared. What is the language like? Is it easy to transition to American customs? Will I be able to drive there? The ability to connect with others who have done the move before you is the best way to settle your nerves and arrive in your new home town as prepared as possible.

We decided to set up an exclusive CareerKnacks Nurses Facebook Group where all of our nurses can connect and share information, give advice, and just build a community. You may even find other nurses that are located in the same town, at the same hospital that you will be going to. Built-in friends!

We will also be adding frequently-asked-question guides, area information, resources, and more to support you with your big move to America. And, as always we are always here to answer any questions that you might have. So don’t hesitate to contact us directly!

 

The CareerKnacks Difference For Placing Nurses in America

Here at CareerKnacks, we recognize how overwhelming it can be when it comes to choosing an agency for your international move. It’s important that you feel comfortable, taken care of, and have a smooth experience from start to finish. But these are just a few of the things you should be looking for. One of the most important criteria to consider when choosing an international recruitment agency is what your costs are going to be with that agency.

For us, each nurse that we bring over to America becomes part of the CareerKnacks family and it is important that everyone feels comfortable with every aspect of their move. This is why we choose to be a NO PLACEMENT FEE agency. What does that mean for you?  That we won’t charge you any fees for our help in finding you a US nursing job. 

The CareerKnacks Guide to the Ashe Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans

The CareerKnacks Guide to the Ashe Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans

 

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Anytime you combine local visual and performance art with a heavy dose of heart and soul from the community you will create the perfect gathering place for the surrounding community. That is exactly what the Ashe Cultural Arts Center has done for the Uptown and Garden districts of New Orleans. The center’s mission is ‘to use art and culture to support human, community and economic development’ with a special emphasis on both new and more established artists of African descent. 

The creative opportunities to be found here are great and include things like storytelling and poetry, music and dance, photography and performance art. There really is something for everyone here. You will be amazed at the creative talents of the artists showcased at the center and may soon find yourself a regular, joining in on all the community fun to be had here. 

In addition to putting on a good show and showing their visitors a good time, the Ashe Cultural Arts Center also includes offerings in health and wellness, education, field trips and outreach, a variety of exhibitions, and a variety of concerts and events throughout the year. But perhaps the most moving show they do here, is Health Nutz Nation. This 45-minute show is used by the center as an engagement tool with the audience to emphasize the importance of our health and how preventative health habits can help make a difference. The hope is to combat the chronic and treatable illnesses that has plagued the African American community for decades through education. The audience can also ask questions of Mama Jamilah, who is an RN BSN and FCN, throughout the show. We love what they are doing to promote the health of the community, both physically and in spirit.

And the best part is, admission is absolutely FREE

Ashe Cultural Arts Center

1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70113
504-569-9075
M-F: 10am – 6pm
Sat: 10am – 5pm

 

The CareerKnacks Guide to the Algiers Neighborhood in New Orleans

The CareerKnacks Guide to the Algiers Neighborhood in New Orleans

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When it comes to neighborhoods in New Orleans, it just makes sense to start with one of the city’s oldest and most charming: Algiers. A short ferry ride will give you the kind of escape that can rarely be found in a city as vibrant as New Orleans. Community parks, Victorian cottages, the Jazz Walk of Fame, glass-blowing studios, a variety of bed and breakfasts, and more than three miles of riverfront for all of your outdoor adventures. This is just a sampling of what you will find in this one-of-a-kind neighborhood. 

Being one of the oldest neighborhoods in all of New Orleans, you would have once found six ferries running back and forth to New Orleans, with some capable of carrying railroad cars and livestock. The transition from industrial to an area so well-known as the place to go for dancing and music may seem impossible but that is just what happened here. In the early 1900s there were more than 35 dance and music halls here, playing host to some of the city’s most legendary musicians.

So what draws residents to this charming neighborhood? Well, for starters we like to think the bohemian vibe and the stark contrast to the often busy streets that New Orleans is so well known for. While the bustle may be what draws you for a visit to New Orleans, living amongst it can prove to be a nuisance for some, and Algiers is the perfect getaway just across the river. The English pubs, historic bars, and riverside cafes certainly don’t hurt either. 

Overall this great neighborhood is worth a few hours of your time spent exploring and stepping back in time to the beginning of the great city of New Orleans. We hope you will visit and can’t wait to hear what you think of the area.

Our London Hiring Event Was A Huge Success!

Our London Hiring Event Was A Huge Success!

We really enjoyed meeting everyone that came out to our hiring event in London last week! We had three jam-packed days meeting really great candidates, and we can’t wait to help so many of you realize your American dream with StatesideRN! If you weren’t able to make it to our event, but are still interested in pursuing your nursing career in the U.S., submit your resume HERE and we will be in touch very soon!

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The New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint

The New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint

 

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Jazz music is such an important piece of Louisiana history, that the Louisiana State Museum is working on opening its very own New Orleans Jazz Festival inside the old U.S. Mint. This one-of-a-kind project will conserve a piece of cultural history that is so important to New Orleans, and we personally can’t wait to visit once it is up and running! Here is a brief statement from the Louisiana State Museum on the project:

“Working with the Louisiana Museum Foundation, the museum has embarked on a multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign, and needs your donations to make this historic project come to life.

Besides underwriting construction and exhibition development, the campaign will help fund the conservation of  the Jazz Collection. The collection contains irreplaceable musical instruments and related artifacts, such as Louis Armstrong’s first  cornet, Sidney Bechet’s soprano saxophone, Edward “Kid” Ory’s trombone, George Lewis’ clarinet, Warren “Baby” Dodds’ drum kit, performance costumes, photographs, original manuscripts, historic recordings and rare film footage.

Through partnerships with educational institutions, theNew Orleans Jazz Museum will also broaden the local, national and global understanding of jazz as the most innovative, historically pivotal musical art form in American history.”

 

What Impact Will Each Presidential Candidate Have on Immigration

What Impact Will Each Presidential Candidate Have on Immigration

With the rising demand for RNs in America, a topic of concern for those considering a move to the U.S. to take a job in the nursing industry. In an election year, there is always a spotlight on the candidates’ immigration platform. We decided to break it down for each Presidential candidate, and what their platform says about their stance on immigration.

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Hillary Clinton

The immigration plan for Hillary Clinton’s platform is the most accepting of immigrants who want to come and/or stay in the country. Her plan includes:

1 – Introduce comprehensive immigration reform

2 – End the three- and 10-year bars.

3 – Defend President Obama’s executive actions—known as DACA and DAPA—against partisan attacks.

4 – Do everything possible under the law to protect families.

5 – Enforce immigration laws humanely.

6 – End family detention and close private immigration detention centers.

7 – Expand access to affordable health care to all families.

8 – Promote naturalization.

Donald Trump

The immigration plan for Donald Trump is based on three principals:

1. A nation without borders is not a nation. There must be a wall across the southern border.

2. A nation without laws is not a nation. Laws passed in accordance with our Constitutional system of government must be enforced.

3. A nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation. Any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans.

Other key factors include: enhanced penalties for overstaying a visa, mandatory return of all criminal aliens, increase number of ICE officers, make Mexico pay for a wall along the US-Mexico border.

 

Day 1: London RN Interviews for Direct-Hire Positions in the US

Day 1: London RN Interviews for Direct-Hire Positions in the US

Day one of our London interviews was a huge success! As many of you may already know, we are actively hiring RNs in ALL specialties for direct-hire positions in the US and are holding interviews in London this week. Lisa and Sara are running the show, answering all of our candidates questions, providing invaluable information and making plenty of friends along the way. We have met so many great candidates today and can’t wait to help them realize their American dream. A big thank you to the Royal College of Nursing for hosting us in such a beautiful space. We have two more days of back-to-back interviews this week for one of our US clients. 

Are you interested in becoming an RN in the US? We are currently hiring for all specialties! Send your resume to Lisa@StatesideRN.com or submit it directly through our website HERE to see if you have the experience needed to move to America and work for our direct-hire US client!

 

Compare the Cost of Living in New Orleans to Your Home City

Compare the Cost of Living in New Orleans to Your Home City

Moving to a new city, let alone a new country, can be overwhelming. There are so many different factors to consider when determining if a new place will be a good fit for you and your family. One big consideration is the cost of living. How does it compare to your current city? How does your salary compare to your current salary? Will you be able to afford a similar lifestyle to which you are accustomed? Expatistan offers a cost of living calculator which compares cities all over the world for just this reason. We decided to do a little roundup of some popular cities in compared to New Orleans. This shows the cost of living index on the righthand side. Basically the higher the number, the more expensive the city. The number on the left is the ranking among other cities. So London is considered the 7th most expensive city in the world, while New Orleans is all the way down at number 63. While these numbers are helpful in giving us a general idea of how expensive a city is, considering what your new salary will be compared to what your current salary is, is also very important.

 

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Nearly 1.1 Million Registered Nurses Needed by 2024 in the US

Nearly 1.1 Million Registered Nurses Needed by 2024 in the US

As we have been predicting, the latest projections Bureau of Labor Statistics estimate that there will be nearly 1.1 million job openings for registered nurses in the United States. Since we know that the educational system in the US cannot possibly keep up with this demand, along with so many nurses retiring during this time period, the need for international nurses has never been higher. 

Also check out our NCLEX Timeline, H-1b Visa Timeline, and our Licensing Assistance Program for more information on becoming a nurse in the US.

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