VisaScreen®: Visa Credentials Assessment

What is the VisaScreen Service?

The VisaScreen® Service is a comprehensive screening program for health care professionals who are not U.S. citizens and are seeking an occupational visa to work in the United States.

The VisaScreen®: Visa Credentials Assessment Service requires specific health care professionals to complete a screening program before they can receive either a permanent or temporary occupational visa, including Trade NAFTA status. The screening program includes:

  • An assessment of an applicant’s education to ensure that it is comparable to that of a U.S. graduate in the same profession
  • A verification that all professional health care licenses that an applicant ever held are valid and without restrictions
  • An English language proficiency examination
  • For registered nurses only, a verification that the nurse has passed either the CGFNS Qualifying Exam®, NCLEX-RN® or for select years and provinces its predecessor, the State Board Test Pool Examination (SBTPE).

Applicants who successfully complete VisaScreen® receive an official ICHP Certificate for the VisaScreen®: Visa Credentials Assessment Service, which satisfies the United States Federal screening requirements.



Who orders the VisaScreen® Service?

  • Registered Nurses
  • Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurses
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physician Assistants

  • Audiologists
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Clinical Laboratory Technicians (Medical Laboratory Technicians)
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientists (Medical Laboratory Technologists)

Purpose of VisaScreen®?

Section 343 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (the IIRIRA) of 1996 requires specific health care professionals to complete a screening program before they can receive either a permanent or temporary occupational visa, including Trade NAFTA status.


VisaScreen® Fees

VisaScreen® ApplicationInitial VisaScreen® application. Includes VisaScreen® Certificate$540.00
Reprocess ApplicationReprocess an existing, expired VisaScreen® application$175.00Click for Details
Renewal ApplicationRenewal application for an expired VisaScreen® Certificate$275.00Click for Details
Expedited Review ServiceExpedited review within five business days of receiving all required documents. VisaScreen® Certificate mailed with next day express mail delivery.$500.00Click for Details
Certificate Verification LetterDesignated recipient receives an official letter that applicant was issued a VisaScreen® certificate. Allow 10 business days for delivery$100.00Click for Details
Replacement CertificateReplace an original VisaScreen® Certificate. Limit one (1) per applicant$150.00Click for Details
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Ready to Begin? Four Steps to VisaScreen® Certification


Apply online with our CGFNS Connect system.

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Required Documents

Have your required documents submitted for review.

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Upload a passport-sized photo.

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English Requirement

Have your English Language proficiency scores submitted.

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Applying online is easy with our CGFNS Connect system. Steps to begin:

Step 1a (Returning User): Login to CGFNS Connect
  1. Visit to login.
  2. Enter your username and password and click “Click here to Login.”
  3. If you forgot your password, click the “I Forgot” button.



Step 1b (New User): Login to CGFNS Connect
  1. Visit
  2. Click “Click here to Register” to create a new account.
  3. Enter all of your contact information and click “Create User”
  4. You will receive an email verification. Follow the instructions to complete your registration.





Step 2: Select Your Service

1. Once logged in, select “Purchase services from CGFNS International” from the main home screen.

Step 1. Login

2. The Service Wizard will begin. Click “Begin Selection Process”

Step 2. Begin Service Wizard

3. Update your personal information and click “Save”

Step 3. Update personal information

4. If the CGFNS ID Number Finder appears, and you are a returning customer, enter your information. If you are a new customer, click the “I am a new user” check box.

Step 4. ID Number Finder

5. Lastly, select your service and click “Next”



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Required Documents

Required Documents for VisaScreen® generally include the following:

Secondary School Information

Submit a photocopy of your secondary school diploma or external exam certificate for the highest level of secondary education you have received.

Note: This requirement is waived if it has been over 10 years since your completion of secondary education

Documents that are not in English must be translated. Documents that applicants are permitted to send (such as marriage certificates, secondary school diplomas) can be translated by the applicant or anyone they choose. These translations must contain Certificate of Accuracy referenced below. The translator must sign the translation.

“Certificate of Accuracy

This is to certify that this is a true and correct English translation of the attached photocopy of the original [insert name of document] of [insert applicant name]”


License / Registration / Diploma Information

Validations of all licenses/registrations/diplomas are required. This includes:

  • Licenses/registrations/diplomas that are currently held, or have ever been held
  • Licenses/registrations/diplomas in all jurisdictions, foreign and domestic
  • Only licenses/registrations/diplomas for the profession that is being screened

To submit this information:

  • Download the personalized “Request for Validation of License/Registration/Diploma” form from within CGFNS Connect
  • Deliver it to the appropriate source organization

Sample "Request for Validation of License/ Registration/Diploma" Form

Sample “Request for Validation of License/ Registration/Diploma” Form


Professional Education Information

A complete academic record or transcript from each educational institution you attended for the profession being screened is required.

To submit this information:

  • Download the personalized “Request for Academic Records/ Transcripts” form from CGFNS Connect
  • Deliver it to the appropriate source organization

Sample "Request for Academic Records/ Transcripts" Form pg 1

Sample “Request for Academic Records/ Transcripts” Form pg 1

Sample "Request for Academic Records/ Transcripts" Form pg 2

Sample “Request for Academic Records/ Transcripts” Form pg 2


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To complete your application, you will need to upload a passport-style photograph.

Technical Requirements.Your photograph must be:

JPG file-type
Less than 5 MB
In full-color


Click for Passport Photo Tips and Best Practices (Courtesy of U.S. Department of State)

Photos should be:

  • Sized such that the head is between 1″ (25mm) and 1 3/8″ (35mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.
  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
  • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
  • Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis:
    • Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily.
    • Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face.
    • Headphones, wireless hands-free devices or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
    • If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device or similar articles, they may be worn for your photo.
    • Dark glasses or non-prescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons (a medical certificate may be required)
    • Glare on glasses is not acceptable in your photo. Glare can be avoided with a slight downward tilt of the glasses or by removing the glasses or by turning off the camera flash.



Source: U.S. Department of State –


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English Requirement

CGFNS International confirms required English competency in oral and written, based on passing scores from either:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language, Internet-Based Test (TOEFL® iBT) or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The minimum required score varies depending on the profession of the applicant.

English exam score requirements for VisaScreen


  • Passing scores must be less than two years old at the time of certification
  • All passing scores must be sent directly to CGFNS International by the testing agency

Exemption: English-based Professional Education: Must meet both of the following:

  • Entry-level professional education must have occurred in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, Ireland or the United States
  • English was the language of instruction, and the language of the textbooks.

Exemption: U.S. Employment (VisaScreen® Renewal Only): Must meet both of the following:

  • Demonstrate employment in the United States for at least 27 months including 9 months employment prior to the date of the renewal order (applicants must be employed in the profession for which they are seeking certification)
  • The employer must sign and submit an employment summary, on corporate letterhead

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Additional Questions?

Visit the VisaScreen® Knowledge Base for specific answers on applying, renewing, 212(r), the streamlined process, and more.