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Registered Nurse Work Visa General Information: The Registered Nurse Work Visa classification has changed several times in the last 20 years. The H-1A Visa classification was enabled through the Nursing Relief Act of 1989 but was later terminated on September 1, 1995. Then in 1999, the United States experienced a shortage of nurses and created the H-1C Nurse Visa Classification.

The H-1C Nurse Work Visa program was authorized by the United States Congress through the Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Area Act of 1999. However, the H-1C Visa classification expired on June 13, 2005. There is currently no specific nurse visa available in the United States. However, there are two ways that foreign individuals wishing to work as registered nurses in the United States can apply:

  • H-1B Work Visa for Skilled Workers
  • TN NAFTA Work Visa (only available to Canadian and Mexican citizens)

H-1B Visa Eligibility Requirements: In order for the petitioning employer to hire a foreign RN (registered nurse), the registered nurse must qualify for a specialty occupation. Although general RNs will not typically be eligible for H-1B Visa status, certain specialized nursing occupations are likely to require a bachelor’s or higher degree as the minimum requirement for entry into that specialized field. Consequently, those positions have a great chance of satisfying the H-1B Visa requirements. Other requirements may be a state license to practice the occupation, completion of degree, experience and expertise.

TN Visa Eligibility Requirements: Registered nurses are also on the list of approved NAFTA professions. Note that a TN Visa is only available to citizens of Canada or Mexico, while the H1B Visa classification is open for other nationals.






CLICK HERE to download the U.S. Nurse Visa Application. Instructions and Application Forms Included.

The Nurse Work Visa Application Guide:

  • Overview of Work Visas available to nurses
  • Information on the discontinued H-1A and H-1C Visas
  • Information on coming to America to work as a registered nurse
  • H-1B Work Visa overview
  • TN Nafta Work Visa overview
  • Eligibility and application requirements
  • How to complete the application forms
  • How to apply at a U.S. Consulate
  • How to apply if you are already in the U.S.
  • How to obtain H-4/TD Visas for the spouse and children
  • H-1B/TN Visa Extension information
  • List of all USCIS (formerly INS) offices nationwide
  • List of United States embassies and consulates
  • FREE Nurse Work Application Forms


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