OGrady Peyton


Frequently Asked Questions

Licenses and Visas

Are there costs for the permanent residency visa?

Yes. We will pay the filing fee for your permanent residency visa. However, once your application is approved, you (and any family members who will be relocating to the U.S. with you) will be responsible for any national Visa Center (NVC) fees. In addition, you will be responsible for any embassy and medical charges.

Can I bring my family?

If you are married, your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 can legally relocate to the United States with you.

How do I get a Permanent Residency visa or a nursing license?

Once you have been accepted into the USA Nursing Program, O’Grady Peyton International will help you study for, and obtain, your U.S. nursing license, and will also handle all the requirements for your permanent residency nursing visa (Green Card.)

How do I get permanent residency visas for my family?

When you apply for a permanent residency visa through O’Grady Peyton International, your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 will be able to apply at the same time.

How does the nursing visa process work?

When you take the NCLEX exam, we will meet with you to discuss the process of applying for your permanent residency visa, including the VisaScreenSM certificate. O’Grady Peyton will pay for the initial filing fee for your visa and will help you with the necessary visa requirements and paperwork throughout the process.

Is there a cost for the Visa Screen certificate?

O’Grady Peyton International will pay the cost for your VisaScreen application. If you require any additional training from your school of nursing or English language training to meet the minimum standards for the VisaScreen, the costs will be your responsibility.

What is the NCLEX exam?

Once you have been accepted into the USA Nursing Program, the first step is to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Nurses must pass the computerized, multiple-choice NCLEX exam in order to be eligible for American nursing employment. The NCLEX exam, which covers five areas of nursing (medicine, surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry and obstetrics) is designed to test your knowledge and ability to provide high-quality patient care. The exam takes between 2-6 hours, and you’ll know your results within 49 hours of your test time.

What is VisaScreen certification?

VisaScreen certification is a process to ensure you have the necessary qualifications to work in America. During the visa screening, your skills will be compared to the minimal skills required in education, licensing and English language. Nurses who have graduated from a college or university in Australia, Barbados, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom, & the US, don’t have to meet the English language requirement. Once you have passed the VisaScreen, you will be given a certificate that we will submit to the American embassy or consular office as part of your permanent residency application.

What type of nursing visa or nursing license do I need to work in America?

You will need a permanent residency visa (also known as a Green Card) and a U.S. RN license.

What type of training do I need for the RN license?

To get your RN license, you will need to pass the NCLEX-RN examination. O’Grady Peyton International has a comprehensive training program and study materials to help prepare you for the exam.

Where do I take the NCLEX exam?

Once you are ready to take the exam, O’Grady Peyton International will fly you, at our cost, to the testing center nearest to your current location. We will also pay for your hotel accommodations. Your visit will last approximately two to four days (depending on travel time & distance).

Who pays for the NCLEX exam?

O’Grady Peyton International will cover all expenses associated with NCLEX including: NCLEX Online Prep Program: Books & Study Material, CGFNS CES Report, Board of Nursing Application, Pearson Vue Registration, Booking, and Results Fees, & NCLEX Travel: Flight & Hotel.

Why do I need a permanent residency nursing visa?

A permanent residency visa lets you legally live and work in America on a permanent basis. Your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 will also qualify for permanent residency visas.

Getting Started

Do I have to sign a contract?

Yes, we require a signed contract to confirm that you will work for O’Grady Peyton International for a 2 year period at one facility in the United States.

How do I apply to O’Grady Peyton International?

To get started, you need to complete and submit an inquiry form. This will help us determine whether you have the skills and experience needed for a nursing position in the USA.

How long is my commitment to O’Grady Peyton International?

Typically, your commitment to work with O’Grady Peyton International will be on average 24 months. This job is an opportunity for a nurse to make a positive impression with a medical facility, where he or she may be retained after the assignment is completed.

What qualifications do I need for a USA nurse job?

  • Be a registered nurse and a graduate of a 3-yr. RN training program
  • Currently working in an acute care hospital environment
  • Minimum of 12 months hospital experience
  • Fluency in English
  • Good references that can be verified

Nursing in America

Can I choose where I work and live?

While we do take your location preferences into consideration, we are a staffing agency that places by your specialty in the areas of most demand. Therefore, we do ask for full location flexibility, so you have the most opportunity for job placement in the US.

How do you match me to a hospital?

We consider your skills, experience, needs, personality and goals and make the closest match possible with the hospital. We consider both your preferences and the needs of the hospital to ensure that we make a match that works well for nurses and the facilities.

What do American hospitals expect from their nurses?

Nurses are treated as professionals in America and as an RN, you’ll most likely have more autonomy than you’re used to at home. An RN’s role is an educator and decision-maker. O’Grady Peyton International will thoroughly prepare you for the differences you’ll encounter when you begin working in an American hospital. Our extensive training and preparation will ensure you will know what to expect on the job, and you’ll be confident that your decisions are grounded in excellent assessment skills and clinical knowledge.

When does my assignment in America begin?

Once you are accepted into the program, it takes about 12 to 24 months before you can begin your assignment in America.

Living in America

Does O’Grady Peyton offer benefits?

Yes. O’Grady Peyton International offers all its nurses a comprehensive and highly competitive benefits package. Our benefits include:

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Professional liability insurance
  • Retirement plan participation
  • Free continuing education
  • Referral bonuses

How do I find accommodations in America?

Once you accept a job at a hospital in the United States, your international relocation specialist will help you set up your housing, arrange for furniture delivery and ensure that everything is ready for you when you arrive. We’ll help you find the best housing for your needs and make sure that it’s ready when you arrive.

How much does it cost to live in America?

The cost of living largely depends on the region where you’re working, the housing options you choose and your own personal tastes. There’s no set standard-of-living cost, but once we know your personal situation, we can help you determine your expenses. Many things in America are cheaper than other countries, including cars, petrol, household goods, clothing and food, and there’s a greater selection to choose from as well.

Is the pay better in America?

American nurses’ salaries are among the most competitive in the world. Your compensation will depend on your experience, clinical specialty and the location of your assignment. Based on the cost of living, some regions of the country pay more than other areas.

What happens after I complete my contract with O’Grady Peyton International?

You have many choices and we will help you with your decision. Here are some of the opportunities you can choose from:

  • A nursing job opportunity in the same facility may be available, or perhaps a facility in another location you’d like to live.
  • Become a permanent employee of your assigned hospital. 
  • Arrange for your own employment at a hospital of your choice anywhere in the United States.


Do you offer permanent placement for nurses?

To help facilities cope with the ongoing nursing shortage, we offer international permanent placement services through our ConnectSelect program. We oversee the time-consuming nurse recruiting and hiring process for you, including education, licensure and NCLEX preparation— and we assist you in completing all immigration-related paperwork. O’Grady Peyton International also provides pre- and post-arrival clinical support, cultural acclimation, relocation and ongoing support to ensure nurses feel at home.

Do you provide insurance for temporary healthcare professionals?

We offer a comprehensive benefits program that includes health, dental, life and professional liability insurance that is ideal for those seeking nursing jobs in the U.S. In addition, the benefits of working with O'Grady Peyton provide ideal opportunities for those who are interested in:  
  • Seeking flexible work opportunities
  • Exploring different areas of the country
  • Building their clinical skills and C.V. by working at prestigious healthcare facilities
  • Escaping the demands of working as a permanent staff member
  • Working through life and career transitions
  • Earning competitive pay and enjoying industry-leading benefits

How do hospitals develop an effective nurse staffing plan during a shortage?

Hospital leadership understands that seasonal fluctuations, illnesses (flu epidemics), new unit openings, staff vacancies and other scenarios create an ongoing need for supplemental staffing. O’Grady Peyton International is experienced with helping facilities find highly qualified nurses to fill immediate staffing needs, so patients continue to receive excellent care regardless of staff vacancies. Our goal is to provide our clients with customized staffing solutions that are sensitive to their bottom line.

How do you prepare nurses for their U.S. assignments?

O’Grady Peyton nurses are required to complete our education program to ensure that their skills and experience meet our high standards. Before they arrive at your facility, they have to complete at least 45 hours of continuing education, and they have access to free, continuing education. Our Clinical Assignment Management Team works with nurses to ensure that they meet the specific clinical requirements of your facility, and provides nurses with ongoing clinical support.

Our nurses receive full logistical support to ensure that housing, transportation and other details are taken care of before they begin at your facility. O’Grady Peyton International provides ongoing emotional and cultural support to ensure that our nurses are adjusting well. Our nurses are fully supported so they are set up for success at your facility.

How do you support nurses once they’re on assignment?

All our nurses receive pre-assignment support to ensure they are properly trained to meet your facility’s needs. We offer nurses ongoing clinical support for questions that arise on the job, as well as free, continuing education throughout their assignment.

How quickly can you place nurses in my facility?

Our U.S.-based nurses can be placed in your facility within a matter of days or weeks for short-term positions, whereas non-U.S. healthcare professionals take between 16 and 20 months, since we handle immigration and licensing. However, these professionals are available for long-term positions at your facility: Nurses are available for 18 to 24 months or permanent placement.

Is it possible to extend a temporary assignment?

Yes, in fact many nurses extend beyond their initial assignment. You can extend a temporary assignment for any duration to suit your facility’s nursing plans.

Is there an additional charge if I decide to hire a nurse at the end of the temporary assignment?

No. Once our nurses complete their contract, you are free to hire them at no additional charge. Because professionals trained outside the U.S. remain at your facility for over a year, they develop a greater sense of loyalty to your facility and are more likely to transition as a permanent employee.

What are the benefits of choosing nurses from outside of the U.S.?

Our nurse recruiting specialists are dedicated to finding the right nurse for your facility. By recruiting English-speaking nurses from around the world, we’re able to address the current nursing shortage by offering our clients access to well-trained, highly qualified nurses across a wide range of specialties. Nurses are carefully prescreened to ensure that they meet U.S. standards and have excellent references, outstanding clinical skills and several years’ experience in U.S.-equivalent acute-care facilities.

These nurses are available for 18- to 24-month assignments, as well as for permanent placement, so they can make a strong contribution to your healthcare team. We handle all nurse recruiting and immigration, licensing and relocation details and ensure they are well settled in their new surroundings and ready to begin as soon as they arrive at your facility.

What is the first step I need to take if I have a staffing need?

The first step is to simply fill out a staffing inquiry online. Our experienced nurse recruiting professionals can work with you to fulfill your requirements. In addition, you can also speak to one of our international nursing recruitment specialists by calling (800) 305-6209.

What kinds of nurse staffing do you provide?

We provide nurses from high-need specialties, such as OR, ER, ICU, telemetry and many others, licensed practical or vocational nurses and advanced practice nurses in a wide variety of specialties. We offer long-term nurse staffing from 18 to 24 months and nurse recruitment services for permanent placement. For long-term and permanent placement, our nurse recruiting extends to English-speaking countries around the world.

Where are your offices located?

O’Grady Peyton International has offices in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Savannah, GA, and San Diego, CA. In addition, OGP-approved nurse recruiters are also active in New Delhi and Manila, so we have access to a large network of highly qualified nurses in a wide range of specialties.

Who handles immigration and licensing for temporary non-U.S. professionals?

When you select a nurse from outside the country, O’Grady Peyton International takes care of all the immigration and licensing details, so when they arrive on assignment they are legal U.S. residents and fully licensed for their position at your facility.

Who is responsible for providing accommodations for the temporary healthcare professional?

We provide housing for our short-term travel nurses.

Why should I use O’Grady Peyton International for my nurse staffing needs?

O’Grady Peyton International, part of the AMN Healthcare family, has over 35 years of experience in nurse recruiting and staffing. We have unparalleled access to highly qualified, well-trained nurses from English-speaking countries around the world. Whether you're looking to fill short- or long-term assignments, temporary-to-permanent or permanent positions in a wide range of specialties, choose O’Grady Peyton to find the right nurse to suit your needs. Our experience and expertise let us provide customized solutions for an effective nurse staffing plan.

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