Archive for January, 2009

The VisaScreen® Application Process FAQs

Posted in Allgen Review Center, IELTS, Nursing Career, Nursing Immigration, Visascreen with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2009 by allgen2008

I joined a chatroom last Sunday and encountered a topic regarding the application for VisaScreen® Process. In one instance a nurse candidate was concerned about a near expiration IELTS result and was clueless about the Visascreen procedure.  Unfortunately, nobody in the chat room was well equipped with information at that moment and the best help that the candidate got was a series of links to sites related to VisaScreen®.

This incident pushed me to research more about the VisaScreen® process. The results of my research are summarized in an FAQ format for the candidate nurse’s convenience. I have omitted information which I feel requires common sense to know the answer. Please feel free to comment on the following article:

Q1: What is the VisaScreen® Process?

A1: The VisaScreen® is a screening program for foreign health care workers seeking an occupational visa in the United States. An NCLEX passer cannot apply for a job in the US without the Visa Screen Certificate (VSC).

Upon acquiring the  VSC, the candidate submits her job application together with her VSC and  NCLEX result through an agent or through direct employment. She will then apply for a working visa.

After her visa is issued, she will then apply for a social security number (SSN). Then she will submit her SSN to the US Board of Registered Nursing after which she will receive her USRN license.

Q2: How can I  apply for a VisaScreen® certificate (VSC)?

A2: The are three (3) ways to apply for a VSC.

  1. First  is to apply online through the CGFNS website;
  2. Second is to download the VisaScreen® Application Handbook. In this handbook you will find the application form and instructions;
  3. Third is to write or call the CGFNS  for application from CGFNS International by mail or phone (YOU DONT WANT TO DO THIS.)

Q3: What are the requirements for VisaScreen® application?

  1. Complete your VisaScreen® application form;
  2. Complete the forms to be sent to your nursing school. Your school will be the one to submit your Transcript of Records to CGFNS. However, you must include a photocopy of your diploma, certificate, or external exam certificate from your secondary school and nonprofession-related, post-secondary school in your application submission;
  3. Complete the forms to send to your licensing authority (in this case the PRC). The PRC will be the one to submit your license validation to CGFNS;
  4. A passing IELTS score to be forwarded by the testing agency (in this case the British Council) to the CGFNS/ICHP. Courier is free from The British council. Your IELTS must not be near expiration and must be valid within the time frame of  the CGFNS’ receipt of  all your documents, otherwise a you will need to retake the same examination;
  5. A passing score of either the CGFNS International Qualifying ExamSM or the NCLEX-RN® examination if you are a registered nurse (you only need one test);
  6. Enclose an international money order or certified bank check in the amount of Four Hundred Ninety Eight Dollars ($498.00) payable to CGFNS or pay online at CGFNS Connect — Apply/Check Status with one of the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard or Discover/Novus. Payment must be received within 60 days of applying. For those who have relatives abroad, a check drawn from a US bank is acceptable. For a schedule of other fees (eg. renewal)  please see

Q4: What is the average length of time to receive official transcripts and licensure verifications after receipt of application?

A4: The average length of time to receive official transcripts and licensure verifications after receipt of application is 85 calendar days.

Q5: What is the Average CGFNS/ICHP file review and processing time, after receipt of all required documents?

A5: The Average CGFNS/ICHP file review and processing time, after receipt of all required documents 30 calendar days.

Q6: I’m working . I’m too busy. I don’t have a credit card to pay online. I don’t want to make a mistake in my application. I want to do this fast. Is there a company that can assist me in all this process?

A6: NEAC Application Center can help you with the Visascreen Application Process . They have branches is Manila, Cebu and Davao. For more information you can visit their website at

This article is a summary. For all other information you can visit the CGFNS website at

Goodluck to All.


US Nursing Schools adrift? Philippines overwhelmed. Obama’s reform.

Posted in Allgen Review Center, Barack Obama, Board of Nursing, Nursing Career, Nursing Immigration with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2009 by allgen2008

While the Philippines has an overwhelming number of nursing graduates (close to 160, 000 board takers last year ), the United States only had 2.0 percent (2%) enrollment growth from 2007 to 2008 according to a press release by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

This report is based on an actual data submitted by 428 nursing schools who participated in a survey in 2007 and 2008.

Number 1 reason affecting this slow enrollment growth is FACULTY SHORTAGE. Faculty age continues to climb (average age between 51 to 58 ). More and more US nurse educators are expected to retire within the next ten (10) years. Because of this, about 28,000 qualified students were turned down in 2008 by US nursing schools.

Tomorrow when Barack Obama is sworn into presidency, more health care jobs will  open in 2010 due to his economic reforms. In relation to the shortage of US nursing students, President Obama will have to turn to other countries to fill these positions. It also means, more Filipino nurses will be deployed sooner.

oathtaking ceremonyAn oath taking ceremony in the Philippines

The 3rd Allgen Open House was a great success!

Posted in Allgen Review Center, NCLEX Workshops and Seminars, Open House with tags , , , , , , on January 14, 2009 by allgen2008

The 3rd Allgen Open House was a great success!

The event held on Saturday January 10 was attended by nurses and their parents, the Allgen Staff (thanks for organizing the event), NCLEX Master Mr. Alex Imperial, IELTS expert Mr. Louie Nocon and NCLEX Application expert Mr. Duston Barto of NEAC Exam Application Center.

The 3 -hour event highlighted the importance of NCLEX-RN, its preparation and the application process. It also covered the importance of IELTS, and its application process.

The Open House conveyed that quality review, effective preparation and the having the right attitude were the hallmarks of a successful nurse candidate.

Aspiring USRNs should show a high degree of personal involvement in examinations that will define their future abroad.

Complimentary hor d’oeurves and drinks were served.

Souvenir shot of the speakers and the participants.

Souvenir shot of the speakers and the participants.


nurses paying close attention to the speaker.

Duston Barto of NEAC Exam Application Center

Duston Barto of NEAC Exam Application Center

Mr. Ruben of Allgen giving a 10% discount award

Mr. Ruben of Allgen giving a 10% discount award

Nurse participants enjoying the cozy athmosphere of Allgen's classrooms.

Nurse participants enjoying the cozy athmosphere of Allgen's classrooms.

Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA): Highest Paying Nursing Job

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2009 by allgen2008

According to SALARY.COM’s January 2009 HR data, a Certified Nurse Anasthetist or CRNA receives an average annual base salary of …(hold your breath)…$175,319+++

That’s just 76% of her total income. The rest of her benefits include the following:


(2)Social Security: $9,164.00;

(3)401k/403b: $6,313.00;

(4) Disability: $1,754.00;

(5) Healthcare : $5,722.00;

(6) Pension: $8,067.00; (7)

(7) and Time Off ; $22,933-00.

She gets a total of both benefits and salary amounting to $229,334.00 . Isn’t it amazing?

Question 1: How does an RN become a CRNA?

To become a CRNA, one must have the following requirements:

  • A US RN license (take the NCLEX RN Review);
  • At least 1 year experience in Acute Care Nursing;
  • A Master’s Degree in Nurse Anesthesia (24 to 36 months including clinical training );and
  • Must pass the US certification exam following graduation.

It takes a total of seven (7) years to become a CRNA including your Bachelors Degree in Nursing. What is time if we have  the necessary resources?

When we work as RNs in America, all doors are open to afford this kind of continuing education. Three (3) years in continuing education isn’t really that bad.

In the US, you can work ang go to Nursing Graduate School. In the Philippines, you have a lot of sacrifices to make.

So, are you up for this kind of challenge?Now is the time to  really be excited about your future. For other additional information, you may visit and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.


ALLGEN Welcomes 2009 with IELTS Review

Posted in Allgen Review Center, IELTS, Nursing Career, Nursing Immigration, Visascreen with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2009 by allgen2008

Allgen the Intelligent Review welcomes New Year w/ a big-bang by introducing International English Language Testing System or IELTS a globally recognized English language proficiency assessment system developed by the University of Cambridge in the UK.

As an English language teaching, diagnostics and test preparation center ALLGEN will be backed-up by high-caliber teaching staff comprising native speakers, seasoned grammarians and specialists in ESL and TESOL.

Expect ALLGEN’s IELTS to deliver a disciplined, no non-sense approach, syllabus-driven proven methodology to bring nurses & working professionals to greater heights.

IELTS Instructors

IELTS Instructors

Allgen’s 3rd Open House is on January 10, 2009

Posted in Allgen Review Center, NCLEX Workshops and Seminars, Open House with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2009 by allgen2008

If you are a NURSE in search of inter-active answers to your questions, come join us on January 10, 2009, Saturday between 2 to 4pm for the 3rd ALLGEN Open-House.

Listen and learn as industry experts guide you on the ff:

  1. The NCLEX Application Process, how do I go about it?
  2. Is CGFNS still a requirement to be a US-RN?
  3. IELTS is it a must to my American Dream?
  4. Preparing for the NCLEX RN
  5. Introduction to the 17-Day ALLGEN Review Program

This 2-hour informative activity includes snacks & drinks and is absolutely FREE of charge.  If you’re interested, please  Call us at (02) 567-2749, (02) 567-0641 or  0918-4688222 or email us  You may also visit  ALLGEN Review Center at Suite # 507, T.M. Kalaw Center. Bldg., T.M. Kalaw Ave., Manila.

Hurry, the  ALLGEN Open-House offers limited slots, so call us now for reservations.

For all other information please visit our website at

Nursing is Recession Free

Posted in Nursing Immigration with tags , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2009 by allgen2008

Jobs in the US Healthcare Industry especially in nursing are recession free. Here are the top three (3)  reasons why Filipino nurses will be deployed sooner than later:

  1. UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE – According to President-elect Barrack Obama’s nurse campaign fact sheets, “Barack Obama is committed to signing universal health legislation by the end of his first term in office that ensures all Americans have high-quality, affordable health care coverage…” More healthcare means more nurses. More nurses means more Filipinos coming into the United States;
  2. AMERICAN NURSES are retiring– In the same campaign factsheet it was stated that,”too many young adults are choosing not to enter the nursing profession, and a significant number of current nurses are switching careers or retiring early…  ” Well a lot of young Filipino nurses are more than willing to these jobs. America realizes that;
  3. CALIFORNIA, NEW YORK, ILLINOIS and other States NURSING SHORTAGE – Despite the recession, Top US States still experience a nursing shortage. This situation will not diminish for some time;

All the above statements are proof that the nursing profession is not affected by the current  economic downturn within the United States.