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 (NOTE: CGFNS does not accept the at-home versions of English Language Proficiency exams)
  • 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.


There are three types of applications for the VisaScreen® service: theapplication for the standard service, an application to reprocess an expired order, and the application to renew an expired VisaScreen® certificate.

For each of these options, there are two ways to apply:

  1. Create a CGFNS Connect account and apply online. In this instance, the type of service you need will be automatically detected when you attempt to place a VisaScreen® order. For instance:
    • If you have never placed a VisaScreen® order, you will be prompted to order the standard service.
    • If a previous VisaScreen® order expired within the last year, you will be prompted to reprocess the order.
    • If your VisaScreen® certificate expiration date will expire within a year or has been expired less than six month, you will be prompted to renew the certificate.
  2. Download and print the paper application handbook and submit by mail. To download one of the three applications use the links below:

Note: There is an extra $75 paper application processing fee when applying by this method in addition to the base application fee. Please refer to for each application’s base fee.