Foreign Healthcare Workers
A pharmacist from Paris who wanted to advance her career. First, we obtained a temporary work visa for her using premium processing and then a green card to be employed in a hospital setting.
Pharmacists are eligible for a professional visa to work in the US, referred to as an H-1B1. This visa, with extensions, is valid for a period of up to six (6) years. This visa is in high demand for professionals as it is efficient, well tested and, with premium processing can result in a decision within fifteen (15) days. Pharmacists are required to pass a number of exams before being admitted to the US on a temporary visa.
Licensure is regulated by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). NABP represents the State Boards of Pharmacy in every state, as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, New Zealand, eight Canadian Provinces, three Australian states, and South Africa.
NABP provides the FPGEC Certification program as a means of documenting the educational equivalency of a candidate's foreign pharmacy education, as well as the license and/or registration. In the process of FPGEC Certification, candidates provide documents that verify their educational backgrounds and licensure and/or registration. Candidates are also required to pass the FPGEE, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and the Test of Spoken English (TSE). The FPGEC Certificate allows foreign graduates to partially fulfill eligibility requirements for licensure in the states that consider the Certification.
The FPGEC Certificate is not a license to practice pharmacy. Applicants who receive the FPGEC Certificate may be qualified by the state boards to take the pharmacy licensing examination in those jurisdictions that accept this certification. Because the licensure requirements vary from state to state, applicants are advised to directly contact the board(s) of pharmacy of the state(s) in which they desire licensure.
It is the applicant's responsibility to confirm with state boards all requirements regarding FPGEC Certification as eligibility for licensure. The FPGEE Certificate allows foreign graduates to partially fulfill eligibility requirements for licensure, followed by the issuance of a temporary permit.
Upon passing the NABP examination, the applicant will receive an unrestricted permanent license to practice pharmacy.
While in H status, pharmacists are allowed to start the resident alien (Green card) application process.
For more information and questions about filing a non-immigrant H-1B petition, please call our US office at 603-228-1277.
For more information you may visit www.nabp.net
Important information for Pharmacists:
Pre-Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (Pre-FPGEE)
The Pre-FPGEE is a practice examination to help familiarize you with the FPGEE. The Pre-FPGEE is not intended for use as a study guide. This practice examination will benefit those who are preparing for the FPGEE by exhibiting the types of questions provided on the actual examination as well as providing a score estimate.
Since the full benefit of this experience requires that you complete the Pre-FPGEE on your own, the Pre-FPGEE should not be taken in a group nor with study aids or reference materials on hand.
Each attempt at the Pre-FPGEE is $50. You may take the Pre-FPGEE up to two times, receiving a different form each time. To take another Pre-FPGEE test, you must complete the test you have already paid for and review its score report before paying for another test.
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