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Question:

Can a registered nurse come to US on an L1 or F1 visa?

Answer by William Stock:

A registered nurse may enter the United States in any nonimmigrant status for which he or she qualifies. Thus, if a nurse is entering the United States to pursue full-time studies toward a college degree (perhaps a BSN or Master's in Nursing), he or she would be eligible for F-1 status, but would have to comply with all the requirements of F-1 status (including demonstrating adequate financial support and nonimmigrant intent, and restricting any employment to on-campus for 20 hours per week or less).

It is difficult to imagine how a nurse would qualify as an L-1, as he or she would both need to be employed abroad for a full year for the same organization which would employ him or her in the United States, and be in either a managerial or "specialized knowledge" position. If the nurse was coming to the U.S. to be a nurse, it would be hard to argue that he or she possessed some specialized knowledge of the company's policies or products that justified his or her need to be employed in the United States.


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