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U.S. – for healthcare workers with immigrant visa petitions under the EB3 such as Nurses, Physical Therapists - https://www.cgfns.org/faq/visascreen/applying-for-visascreen-visascreen-credentials-assessment/

Canada – RN intending to migrate to Canada while waiting for Express Entry invitations or provincial nominations - https://www.nnas.ca/

Australia – for skilled workers needing suitable or positive assessment of their credentials, qualifications, skills. Occupations are assessed by the authorized Assessment Authority. Most professionals and tradespersons are thru VETASSESS. Check the subclass your occupations is eligible to apply then look for the specific assessing authority - https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skills-assessment. For example, General skilled migration visas has a list of occupations. An intending skilled worker/migrant may select the occupations list and know the assessing authority for his /her occupation. https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skill-occupation-list

New Zealand – Occupations in the Long Term Skilled Shortage List include the process to get assessed. Here’s the official link on how your occupation would be assessed.- https://skillshortages.immigration.govt.nz/

UK – The UK does not have a direct pathway to permanent settlement. To qualify for indefinite leave to remain, a skilled worker must have worked at least five years. UK and Scotland have a list of shortage occupations - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-k-shortage-occupation-list. Check this official link for the various ways you may apply for settlement in the UK - https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/settle-in-the-uk

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Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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