Empowering US Healthcare System By Connecting Nurses Worldwide

Bridging The Gap In The
Nursing Shortage

With thousands of unemployed nursing graduates around the world, we see the potential to help fill the gaps in nursing care in the United States while also creating employment opportunities for qualified individuals.

Why Choose Mt Zion Health Recruitment

We believe our services to be uniquely beneficial to both employers and candidates and our vision is to become the overseas recruitment provider of choice because of our unparalleled value and performance.

 

We are confident that our understanding of the USA nursing market and our excellence nursing network will result in better retention of employees for our USA clients. Our approach can generate huge cost savings because of the reduced need for agency staff, and it will significantly reduce costs for the recruitment of permanent employees. 

Our Process

Foreign-educated nurses who are seeking to work in the United States have a long road ahead of them, but it is far from impossible. With proper planning and dedication, these nurses can become licensed RNs in the United States and help to alleviate some of the current nursing shortage that has been exacerbated by the pandemic.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here you can find more information about the process of joining the U.S. nursing system. We hope this helps answer a few of your questions while providing resources for navigating this journey!

To employ a foreign-educated nurse in the United States, it is necessary to meet federal immigration requirements. This typically involves obtaining an appropriate visa, such as a Registered Nurse Immigrant Visa (“Green Card”) or an H-1B visa. Additionally, nurses must complete a screening program approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to obtain an occupational visa.

Foreign-educated nurses seeking employment in the USA must meet certain educational and professional qualifications. These include graduating from an accredited nursing education program in their home country, holding a nursing license in another country, and having a minimum of two years of experience as a registered nurse. Depending on the nurse’s country of origin, there may be English language proficiency requirements, which can be demonstrated through exams such as TOEFL, TOEIC, or IELTS Academic. However, exemptions may apply based on the country of origin.

Foreign-educated nurses are required to have their academic and professional credentials evaluated by an authorized organization recognized by State Boards of Nursing. This evaluation ensures the authenticity of the documents and determines the comparability of the nurse’s education to U.S. nursing standards. The specific organization for credential evaluation may vary, but it is a crucial step to meet State Board requirements, fulfill immigration requirements for occupational visas, and assess readiness for licensure exams.

Yes, foreign-educated nurses must obtain a professional license from the state where they intend to practice nursing in the United States. Each state’s Board of Nursing has its own specific requirements for licensure. In most cases, nurses will need to pass a licensure exam, such as the NCLEX-RN, to become registered nurses. Some state boards may also require applicants to take a qualifying exam, which can indicate readiness for the licensure exam.

The qualifying exam, which certain state boards may require, fulfills the screening requirement mandated by the U.S. federal government for occupational visas. In addition to assessing a nurse’s preparedness, it is a predictor of performance on the licensure exam.

The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a globally recognized English proficiency test accepted by the US Government and US Visa and Immigration Department. International registered nurses who wish to work in the USA must take the IELTS exam to demonstrate their English language skills and ability to function effectively in an English-speaking environment.

The IELTS exam is scored on a scale of 1 (non-user) to 9 (expert). Generally, you will need an overall score of 6.5 on the IELTS exam to meet the requirements for a US visa. However, specifically for the speaking section, a score of 7 is typically required to meet the US visa standards.

Many states require applicants to undergo a criminal background check to ensure patient safety. Some states may have additional requirements, such as specific coursework, fingerprinting, submission of transcripts, or verification of previous licenses.

It depends on how long it takes to get through testing, licensing, and immigration. Factors to consider include your education, experience, and green card priority date.
We estimate approximately 12 months.


Schedule an interview for more details.

Mt. Zion Health Services and its partners provide employment opportunities through various clinical settings, including hospitals, long and short-care facilities throughout the U.S.

We cover all the costs that will be incurred, including the cost of your visa and airfare and the first few months of your accommodation upon arriving in the U.S.


Note: Housing will be covered during the orientation process.

Spouses and dependent children under 21 can be included under your green card. It will be up to you to pay all expenses associated with their visas and travel.


We recommend migrating the rest of your family after you have immigrated and settled with work.

Your recruiter will review your CV/resume and application to ensure they are complete and presentable to U.S. employers.

International registered nurses should take the “IELTS Academic” exam as it aligns with the language requirements for a US visa.

You can access free sample questions and practice materials on the official IELTS website. These resources can assist you in preparing for the exam and familiarizing yourself with its format.

You can find an IELTS test center in over 1200 locations across 140 countries. To locate a test center near you, please visit the official IELTS website’s “Find a Test Location” page.