Notice of Approval of New Credentialing Organization for Healthcare Workers for Certain Immigration Purposes

AGENCY:

Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS” or “the Department”), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is issuing this document to inform the public of the approval of a new credentialing organization for certain health care workers for certain immigration purposes.

DATES:

USCIS approved the application from Josef Silny Associates, Inc. on July 22, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Charles L. Nimick, Chief, Business and Foreign Workers Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 5900 Capital Gateway Drive, Camp Springs, MD 20746; or by phone at 240-721-3000 (this is not a toll-free number). Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may access the telephone number above via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at 1-877-889-5627 (TTY/TDD).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Sections 212(a)(5)(C) and 212(r) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (the Act), 8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(5)(C) and (r), as well as the DHS regulations at 8 CFR 214.1(i) and (j) and 212.15(a) and (n)(3) require that an individual who seeks admission to the United States as a nonimmigrant or immigrant, or who is the beneficiary of a change of status petition, or who is applying for adjustment of status, in the United States for the purpose of performing labor in certain health care occupations is inadmissible unless he or she presents a certificate from an authorized credentialing organization. DHS regulations at 8 CFR 212.15(e)(1) through (3) expressly authorize the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS), the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), and the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) to issue such certificates. DHS regulations also establish detailed standards for the approval of additional credentialing organizations after consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and USCIS has created an adjudicatory framework for the filing and adjudication of those applications, using Form I-905, Application for Authorization to Issue Certification for Health Care Workers. 8 CFR 212.15(j) and (k). The regulations also provide for periodic review and, if necessary, termination of credentialing organizations. 8 CFR 212.15(l) and (m). Finally, the regulations direct DHS to notify the public of the approval of additional credentialing organizations by publishing notices in the Federal Register8 CFR 212.15(e) and (h).On July 22, 2021, USCIS, following consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, approved the application from Josef Silny Associates, Inc., as an organization authorized to issue certificates and certified statements under sections 212(a)(5)(C) and 212(r) of the Act, 8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(5)(C) and (r), for individuals seeking to enter the United States for the primary purpose of working as a nurse. This notice is being provided in accordance with 8 CFR 212.15(e) and (h). Further guidance on certificates for health care workers is available at https://www.uscis.gov/​working-in-the-united-states/​temporary-workers/​health-care-worker-certification.

Tracy L. Renaud,

Acting Director.

[FR Doc. 2021-16181 Filed 7-28-21; 8:45 am]

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How To Request For Verification With UK NMC

Many registered Nurses in the UK might want to migrate to other countries like Canada, Australia, USA among other countries for various reasons and might be required to send verification from the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council. To nurses who are not familiar with the process of requesting for verification, below is the process.

Step 1: Login into your UK NMC online account NMC Online Services (nmc-uk.org)

Step 2: Click on My Registration at the top of your account

Step 3: Click on the last option on the drop down which is Certificate of Current Professional Status

Step 4: Select YES to all the statements and click NEXT

Step 5: Select the country where the organization you are sending the verification is domicile among the country list in the dropdown menu. For instance if your verification is going to CGFNS, select USA.

Step 6: Licensing or Registration Board select the name of the organization you are sending it to. For instance CGFNS. Immediately after selecting the name of the organization you are sending it to, the address will be displayed.

Step 7: Then input your CGFNS order number into the space in front of Application reference number, this makes your verification easy to track.

Step 8: Tick the box in front of the statement I understand that by signing up to this process my data will be transferred outside the EU/EEA and that I may have fewer or different rights once my data has left the UK and click on submit. You should receive an email after your CCPS is ready and will be asked to make the payment

Step 9: Login into your NMC online account NMC Online Services (nmc-uk.org) and make the payment of £34 with either a credit or debit card. You must make this payment within 28 days otherwise the generated certificate will expire and you will need to reapply.

Step 10: Once payment is made you will receive another email from NMC confirming that your verification has been shared with your chosen organization. Then wait between 3 to 14 days to have it appear on your portal with CGFNS.

Note: Discard the form you downloaded from CGFNS as you don’t need it for UK NMC verification of your UK License.

NCSBN Makes Modifications to NCLEX-RN From Oct. 1, 2020, Abolishes R.O.O.T Rules

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NCSBN introduced several carefully evaluated and tested
modifications to the NCLEX examinations.

To ensure the reliability and legal defensibility of the exam, NCSBN conducted numerous simulations
and comparisons against historical NCLEX results along with continuous evaluation of the modifications to the exam put into place during the COVID-19 pandemic. All modifications and live exam results confirmed the consistency of measurement properties and did not identify any negative impact on candidate results or testing experiences.

These modifications are set to expire on Sept. 30, 2020. Based on the continued statistical and
psychometric strength of the modifications, NCLEX exams will retain some of the characteristics of the modified exam while reinstating some of the essential aspects of the exam that were put on hold because of the pandemic. The exam will continue to utilize the computer adaptive testing (CAT) methodology for administration and scoring. The NCLEX Test Plans will remain the same and the passing standard will not change.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, the following modifications will be made to both the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN examinations:

• Pretest items will be reintroduced. Each candidate will get 15 pretest items in their exam.

• The minimum number of scored items will be 60, and the maximum number of scored items
will be 130.

• Due to the addition of the 15 pretest items, the minimum length exam will be 75 items and the
maximum length exam will be 145 items.

• Examination time will be five hours.

• Given the changes to the maximum exam length and the testing time, the current Run Out of Time (R.O.O.T) scoring rule is no longer applicable.

§ The final ability estimate will be computed from the responses to all completed items. Those scoring above the passing standard will have a passing exam, otherwise the exam will be scored as a fail.

• The voluntary NGN Special Research Section will be reintroduced. § We encourage all candidates to participate in this important research effort for the nursing profession. Additional information about this important research can be viewed at NGN FAQs.

• The NCLEX Tutorial will be replaced with a general guide and test taking tips.

§ All candidates are strongly encouraged to take the online tutorial to practice with the item types prior to sitting for the exam.

If you have any specific questions about the examination changes, please contact NCLEX
information at nclexinfo@ncsbn.org

USA Nurse Registration Guide and Cost for Foreign Nurses


Thinking about moving to USA as a Registered Nurse under the USA Green Card program for Nurses? Here is how you can go about it yourself without using any agent. Below is the financial cost and step by step guide for foreign educated Nurses to work in USA

Licensure Services Payment Time Frame Medium Cost in Dollar and Naira
CGFNS Credential Evaluation Service Report (Note that you can use other services such as ERES but CGFNS is highly recommended After Completion of the online application. You can only access transcript request forms and Nursing Council Verification after payment Online payment on CGFNS Website through your ATM debit/credit card $350 (N127,750)
Nursing School/University Transcript Immediately after CGNS payment and printing of the forms You may pay by hand or online depending on your School Transcript N5,000 –N30,000 (Depends on what your School Charges) Courier of Transcript to CGFNS N17,000
Verification of Nursing License from Nursing Board Immediately  after CGFNS payment and after printing license verification form Pay online through remita.net or through bank (Nigeria) N53, 500
Secondary School Certificate (WAEC/NECO/GCE) Immediately after completing CGFNS form and after payment Upload it through the “Contact Us” page on your CGFNS homepage. Alternatively, you can fax it to CGFNS using free online Fax services N500 (for WAEC/GCE/NECO) Scratch Card.
CGFNS Expedite Service(Optional) This is an optional service but payment of it will allow your report to be reviewed within 2 weeks. It is paid after CGFNS received all your documents Paid online using your ATM credit/debit card $250 (N91,250)
Texas Board of Nursing Registration Paid 1-2 Months after starting your CGFNS application Paid through drafts drawn from USA Board Application $100 (N37,000) Courier: N2,000-N17,000 depending on the courier service used
Criminal Background Check Paid after your application form arrived at Texas Board of Nursing   Fingerprint Card can be obtained from those that sells. I would recommend you buy from Peculiar +2348066640382 , he sells at the rate of N2,000 ($6) per card which is the cheapest I have seen so far Can be paid Online with your ATM card Registration with IDENTOGO $37 (N13,505) Purchase of 2 Fingerprint cards: N4,000 Capturing of fingerprint Free-N3,000
NCLEX-RN Exam Registration After your CGFNS report is out and you are fully prepared to sit for the exam within the next 3 months Paid online on PearsonVue Website   $200 (N73,000)
NCLEX-RN Exam Schedule Paid after receiving your ATT Paid online via ATM cards USA – Free UK-   $180 (N65,700) Philippines $150 (N54,750)
Police Certificate Paid when you are about to apply for Visa By Cash N5,000
Philippine Visa Application Paid when you apply for VISA Paid by Cash at the Embassy in Abuja N15,600 Courier to pick Visa below N10,000
Flight (To and Fro) Paid before or after visa Paid online through WAKANOW.COM Between N400,000-N500,000
Hotel Booking Paid before or after Visa Paid online via booking.com N30,000-N50,000 depending on length of stay and hotel type
Pocket Money to Philippines     N50,000-N150,000 depending on length of stay

The above fees are based on personal experience of someone who took NCLEX-RN Exam this month in 2019 and passed. I will be  creating additional pages on step-by-step guide to becoming a USA Registered Nurse by yourself without the use of any agency.

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