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Old 05-05-2019, 03:52 AM
 
Location: Norway
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Hello,

I am trying to find out how I can move from Norway to Texas. I have applied for the green card lottary, but I am not holding my breath. I am a nurse, and have been for ten years. I am looking for new adventures. I have worked as a nurse in Norway and Sweden, and it is time to try something completely different. I have worked in home care nursing, in doctors offices, in the hospital, emergency room, so I have experience. I am also looking for a nice man to fall in love with. That would be the icing on the cake.

Any advice on where to go from here?

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Old 05-05-2019, 02:04 PM
 
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Hi,
I'm surprised that as a nurse, you'd have to go through the "lottery". I used to work at a hospital that was looking to sponsor nurses from other countries. Your skill are in need here. Sadly, and I don't want to get political but it seems the US immigration and work visa system has turned a blind eye to people with actual skills in favor of jobs that we used to have high school and college kids do, and import that labor from countries where it's not common for people to advance above grammar school.

Anyhow, if there are ways for you to get sponsored... and you know more about this than I do... but maybe you can find a way here with more of a chance than a lottery.

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Old 05-06-2019, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Unfortunately, few hospitals sponsor foreign nurses anymore. There are three reasons for this:
1. sponsoring someone is EXPENSIVE. It usually costs about $10,000 for the H1B visa, the accompanying I-120 Foreign Labor Certification, and attorney's fees. The employer also has to prove that they were unable to find any US Citizens with the skills and desire to perform the work. Even with the nursing shortage we are currently experiencing, there are still plenty of US Citizens in the nursing job market.
2. Texas Board of Nursing is very picky about accepting credentials from some foreign-educated nurses. If they will not issue a license, then there's no point in sponsoring someone.
3. All of this takes a lot of TIME. It is quicker, easier, and cheaper to just hire a US citizen, even if they do not have quite as much experience, rather than literally wait months and possibly get denied on a sponsorship application

One alternative is to come over as a foreign student and get your Nurse Practitioner/Master's degree. You will then be given Optional Practical Training (OPT) time to work, and you could possibly find an employer who would be willing to sponsor you after the OPT ends.

Good luck!
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Old 05-06-2019, 02:05 PM
 
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I would try with the Nurse placement agencies. Some recruit foreign nurses. Seems like mostly Filipino, but I'm sure there are others.
I don't know the good ones from the bad ones, but you might look online at someplace like:
Nurse Staffing Agency Services
AMN is a big one.
See what they say.

Not easy probably anywhere to get a work visa....us for Norway...or you for US is my guess.
Japan is hiring....
US with Trump...not so friendly I expect.

As for the dating seen first....you could find a boyfriend and get a fiance visa. Not sure if that allows you to work before marriage or not. Try match.com
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Old 05-09-2019, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Keller, TX
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Actually, wasn't it Trump that said "why can't we get more people from Norway?"... I suspect immigration should be a breeze for her because they prioritize cases depending on the country the applicants are for. Therefore cases from India and Mexico take forever because there's tons of people applying but super fast for Nordic countries because not a lot of people move here from there.
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Old 05-13-2019, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Allen, TX
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Actually, wasn't it Trump that said "why can't we get more people from Norway?"... I suspect immigration should be a breeze for her because they prioritize cases depending on the country the applicants are for. Therefore cases from India and Mexico take forever because there's tons of people applying but super fast for Nordic countries because not a lot of people move here from there.
I just moved here from Norway Rules and processing is the same for all, but locally things are faster for Scandinavians than, say, Chinese and Indians (because of number of applicants that must be processed per embassy).

Trump did say that, but that means **** for the USCIS. Marriage (and I guess fiancee, idk) is still the "easiest" route to permanent residence. But I finding a marriage in order to get residence sounds like a bad life-decision to me.
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Old 05-15-2019, 04:00 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Marriage (and I guess fiancee, idk) is still the "easiest" route to permanent residence. But I finding a marriage in order to get residence sounds like a bad life-decision to me.
It's also illegal, as it is considered immigration fraud. If you're caught in a sham marriage just to gain immigration status, you will be put in prison, then deported.
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Old 05-17-2019, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Allen, TX
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It's also illegal, as it is considered immigration fraud. If you're caught in a sham marriage just to gain immigration status, you will be put in prison, then deported.
Well, yea. I mean, you can still search out a US partner and marry and live happily ever after, but it's no quick fix on getting to the US for sure. And pretty backwards.

When I did my green card interview pretty much all questions were designed to figure out if the marriage is bonafied. It only took about 5 min for me, since we'd been married for 8 years and have 3 kids, but you can easily tell that's what they're asking about. The interviews are done there on the spot, and other people took waaay longer time explaining their situation.

So back to OP; if you're looking to live in US, then the quickest path is to be a student.
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Old 05-17-2019, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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By the time we got my husband’s green card and then citizenship we had been a couple for years. I brought with us a small photo album that included photos of us as a couple over the years. I had different haircuts and we were with different people including family members. Some were clearly of us on vacation. Once I showed them the photos they barely asked us anything. When we went back for our second interview a few years later the official chatted with us for a few minutes but didn't really ask any probing questions because she remembered us because of our photo album. She knew we were an established couple who was still married.
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Old 05-20-2019, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Allen, TX
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Exactly, so hard to make it a quick fix Legally you can get engaged/marry and apply for a visa right away, but they're going to be highly skeptical.
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