Frequently Asked Questions

To review our program requirements, please review our How to Qualify page.

We would love to have you join the Avant team! Just visit our Apply Now page to submit your application online.

No, there aren't any fees associated with our application process.

Once you have submitted your application online, an initial review will be conducted, and you will be assigned to take Avant’s screening exams. This may include a baseline nursing assessment exam and an English exam. We utilize these short, online examinations to assess your ability to pass the NCLEX-RN® and meet the English requirements for the U.S. Once we have received your application and have confirmed your eligibility for our program, we will arrange a Skype or telephone interview for you with one of our recruiters.

No, you do not need a CGFNS certificate exam prior to applying to our program.

Yes, you must be consistently working as a registered nurse to qualify for our program. See our How to Qualify page.

You must have at least one year of acute care experience to qualify for our program.

If you have a gap in your clinical experience, you can still apply. We will evaluate your experience through the initial screening process.

No, you do not need IELTS before you apply with Avant, but you will be required to meet the requirements for IELTS to obtain an immigrant visa.

Yes, all registered nurses practicing in the U.S. are required to take the NCLEX-RN. The NCLEX-RN tests a nurse’s knowledge, skills and abilities in the safe practice of nursing and the results are used by the U.S. nursing boards when making licensure decisions.

No, you do not need to pass the NCLEX-RN before applying with Avant. We provide an in-depth review program for the NCLEX-RN that focuses on the unique learning needs of the foreign-trained nurse. Learn about our NCLEX-RN Review Program.

If you have already taken and passed the NCLEX-RN, we will need to verify your test scores. Upon verification, we will begin the initial immigrant visa filing process.

Yes, you can still apply but you will have to retake the NCLEX-RN and pass if selected to join our program.

Yes, Avant covers the fee for your NCLEX-RN exam.

The costs associated with the CGFNS Visa Screen application is approximately $540. The cost for the English language requirements exam is the responsibility of the healthcare professional.

It depends on your occupation. If you’re a registered nurse, you be filed for an EB-3 visa. If you’re a physical or occupational therapist that meets the advanced degree requirements, you will be filed for an EB-2 visa. If you are a physical or occupational therapist with a bachelor’s degree, you will be filed for an H1-B or EB-3 visa.

Yes, we can file a petition for your spouse and your unmarried children who are under the age of 21.

The USCIS determines this by your preference category, the priority date, and your country of birth.

Yes. It is required by law and without it you will not be issued an immigrant visa. When you attend the exit interview for your immigrant “green card” visa at the U.S. consulate, you must present a copy of your VisaScreen certificate to the consulate officer.

Yes. We can file for an i-140 transfer to recapture your original priority date if you are transferring from a previous employee-sponsor.

Avant Healthcare Professionals is your employer throughout the length of your assignment agreement.

No, Avant Healthcare Professionals is not a travel nursing company. We specialize in providing registered nurses and therapists on long-term staffing assignments.

Avant Healthcare Professionals staffs registered nurses and therapists in health systems of all sizes from critical access hospitals to academic teaching institutions.

We provide you with a strong pipeline of experienced, English-speaking healthcare professionals available for placement in your facility. Our healthcare professionals have an average of five to ten years of experience and provide for long-term staff stability – 90% of our nurses will convert to your staff at the end of their initial assignment. We handle everything from sponsoring our healthcare professionals to relocating them to your facility and community.

All our registered nurses must clear a special visa screen process and must pass an English fluency exam, have their foreign education evaluated for comparability to an identical U.S. education, apply for and pass the U.S. nursing licensing examination (NCLEX-RN), and have their foreign nursing license reviewed to make sure that it is authentic and unencumbered.

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No. Avant Healthcare Professionals is a turnkey solution with all-inclusive rates. We do not have any upfront fees or conversion costs.

Our broad base recruitment effort includes over 60 countries around the world.

On average, Avant registered nurses have an average of 5 to 10 years of experience and our physical and occupational therapists have 3 to 5.

Yes. Through the visa screening process, the education of our healthcare professionals is evaluated for comparability to that of an identical U.S. education.

On average, it takes between 8 to 12 weeks – depending on specialty – to get your nurse or physical/occupational therapist upon signing a contract with Avant. On occasion, we have had nurses and therapists available more quickly so contact us today.

Our registered nurses and therapists attend our pre-arrival virtual program from up to eight months before they arrive in the United States. Once they arrive at our facility, they begin our five-week comprehensive Clinical and Cultural Transitions Programs. Our registered nurses shadow at a Level II trauma facility and our physical and occupational therapists shadow at home health, hospital and outpatient settings. Learn more.

Our Employee Support Services (ESS) and Clinical teams provide our healthcare professionals with support throughout their assignment through consistent phone call check-ins and assessments.

Yes, all of our healthcare professionals must pass English proficiency exams at a high level as required by immigration law. Exams include Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Our contracts are 6,240 hours with no upfront or conversion costs. 

Absolutely! We will provide you with profiles and resumes of potential candidates for you to interview.

No. When you partner with Avant as your turnkey staffing provider, we handle all of the immigration and licensing needs of our healthcare professionals. Your facility is only responsible for worksite requirements. Avant is the immigration employer sponsor.

Over 90% of our healthcare professionals convert to our clients’ full-time staff upon completion of their assignment agreement.

Yes. Avant Healthcare Professionals has received the Health Care Staffing Services Certification by The Joint Commission.

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