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Understanding F1 to Green Card: A Step-by-Step Immigration Guide

  • Publish Date: Posted about 1 month ago
  • Author:by Conexus MedStaff

As an international nursing graduate, securing Green Card visa sponsorship is the key to launching your long-term career in the U.S. In this step-by-step immigration guide tailored for nursing students and graduates, we will explore the process of transitioning from an F1 visa to a Green Card, leveraging the Optional Practical Training (OPT) period.

Step 1: F1 Visa for Nursing Education

The journey begins with obtaining an F1 visa to pursue nursing education in the United States. International nursing students on this visa must attend a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified institution.

Step 2: Employer Sponsorship

Plan ahead by exploring employer sponsorship 6-12 months before graduation through options like staffing agencies or direct hire. Securing a job offer and signing a contract early gives your sponsor enough time to complete the adjustment of status visa process.

Step 3: Opting for Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Upon completing your nursing degree program, as an international student you can apply for OPT, a 12-month work authorization period that allows you to gain hands-on experience in a U.S. healthcare facility. This period serves as a bridge between education and professional practice, setting the stage for your transition to a Green Card.

Step 4: Initiating the Visa Process

While on OPT your employer will initiate the visa process, filing the I-140 petition with USCIS as you continue working at your assigned U.S. healthcare facility.

Step 5: Adjustment of Status

Once your i-140 is approved, your employer will file for adjustment of status with USCIS to officially request the change from F1 to EB-3 visa status.

Step 6: EB-3 Green Card Secured

Congratulations, you’re now an EB-3 Green Card holder! With permanent residency status, you can now live and work in the U.S. without any restrictions.

Navigating the F1 to Green Card pathway as an international nursing graduate requires diligence and a clear understanding of the process. When you partner with an agency like Conexus MedStaff, you can concentrate on building your skills and experience while we do the immigration work for you. Our goal is to help international nursing students transition from education to working in the United States as seamlessly as possible, while setting you up for a successful future career as a registered nurse in the specialty of your choice. 

If you have recently graduated or you’re preparing for a 2024 graduation, now is the perfect time to apply for Green Card sponsorship and OPT placement with Conexus. Your future in nursing awaits!