On Assignment Travel Nursing Benefits In Canada

Canadian Nurses

If you’re a Canadian Nurse, MedStaff can help you travel the US!

Canadian nurses have tremendous opportunity coming south when it comes to travel nursing, and MedStaff provides that chance. You can enjoy all the benefits that MedStaff travel nurses have here in the United States. Work at some the country’s best healthcare facilities, while traveling the countryside.

At MedStaff, we’ll guide you through the entire immigration process from start to finish. Obtaining your TN Visa, getting a Green Card, ensuring you’re placed in the right environment on the right assignment – MedStaff will help you every step of the way thanks to our great team of recruiters trained in international recruiting, our VisaScreen Assistance Program and Immigration Case Managers.

Many long-standing travel nurses that we have at MedStaff are from Canada with many more that are just starting. Regardless of your experience, you will enjoy all the great services and benefits that we have to offer. This includes:

  • Free private housing
  • Competitive salaries
  • Tax Advantage Plan
  • Comprehensive health insurance
  • Travel reimbursement
  • Free continuing education credits
  • And a whole lot more!

So do you think becoming a travel nurse in the United States with MedStaff is the right career choice for you? Continue reading below for TN Visa and Adjustment Status and/or Green Card information!

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Trade NAFTA Visa
Information you need to know as a Canadian travel nurse.

What is NAFTA?
NAFTA is the North American Free Trade Agreement. It creates a special economic and trade relationship for the United States, Canada and Mexico.

What is a Trade NAFTA (TN) visa?
The nonimmigrant NAFTA Professional (TN) visa allows citizens of Canada and Mexico, as NAFTA professionals, to work in the United States. Permanent residents, including Canadian permanent residents, are not able to apply to work as a NAFTA professional.

Can any foreign nurse work on a TN visa?
No, in order to qualify for a Trade NAFTA visa, you must be a citizen of Canada or Mexico.

How long are TN visas valid for?
TN visas are valid for the duration of the employment agreement.

Will MedStaff help me obtain a TN visa?
Yes, MedStaff will sponsor your TN visa and our Immigration team will also assist you in obtaining your TN visa.

Can the spouse of a Canadian nurse obtain a TN visa and can he/she work?
No, the spouse of a Canadian nurse is not eligible for a TN visa. However, they are eligible for a TD visa. This means that they can reside in the United States legally for the duration of the employment of the principal TN visa. Unfortunately, a TD visa holder may not work.

Can a TN visa apply for a Green Card?
Yes, in most instances a TN visa holder who remains in lawful status may apply for a permanent residence, otherwise known as a Green Card.

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VisaScreen Assistance program

Canadian Travel Nurses – Find out about our VisaScreen Assistance Program.

As of July 2004, all Canadian travel nurses entering the United States on a Trade NAFTA visa will need a VisaScreen Certificate prior to starting their traveling career. MedStaff can help you get into the VisaScreen Assistance Program that’s simple and easy.

Here's how it works:

  • The VisaScreen Specialist will send you an application package.
  • You will fill out the application forms and send them back to MedStaff with the appropriate fee.

In addition, MedStaff will also take care of these steps for you in obtaining your VisaScreen Certificate:

  • Processing the VisaScreen application online.
  • Sending your license verification forms to your license boards with the appropriate fees.
  • Ordering your academic transcripts and having them sent directly to the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS).
  • Following up with the boards and nursing school.
  • Getting updates on your application status and relaying that information to you.
  • Using FedEx to insure delivery of your documents to the boards and nursing school for easy tracking and follow up.

What does this mean to you? MedStaff will make it where you will never have to make any calls whatsoever to CGFNS.

Once we receive your VisaScreen Certificate – you may be eligible for reimbursement of the application fee. Call toll free 800.201.9855 and speak to a VisaScreen Specialist for more details.

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VisaScreen Certificate

Canadian Travel Nurses Important VisaScreen Certificate Information

What is a VisaScreen Certificate?
The CGFNS issues the VisaScreen Certificates. It is required of all foreign trained nurses and physical therapists coming to the United States to work as a healthcare professional. The VisaScreen Certificate is an educational review, licensure review, English language assessment and predictive examination for nurses.

If I am a Registered Nurse (RN), do I need to complete the NCLEX-RN examination in order to complete my VisaScreen process?
Yes, you will need to have your NCLEX-RN.

Do I need a VisaScreen Certificate if I am a Canadian entering the United States on a "TN" visa to work as a nurse?
Yes, pursuant to Section 343 of the Illegal Immigration Reform Act of 1996, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service will require that you possess a VisaScreen Certificate prior to being admitted as a TN.

How does MedStaff go about helping me obtain a VisaScreen Certificate?
MedStaff provides you with a VisaScreen Specialist, as part of our VisaScreen Assistance Program, who will handle the process of obtaining your VisaScreen Certificate from start to finish.

Does MedStaff reimburse me for obtaining the VisaScreen Certificate?
Yes. There is a reimbursement program when you obtain your VisaScreen Certificate for which you may be eligible.

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Travel nursing salary is one of the most important factors you will consider when thinking about applying for a travel nurse position.

Traveling nurse salary is sometimes more than that of full-time, permanent staff. Travel nurses also receive medical benefits, paid housing and reimbursement for travel costs.

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Travel Nurse Salary

Calculating the annual income of a travel nurse is tricky. Each contract offers different base pay, reimbursements, and non-taxable items. One job might offer a high hourly wage but lower allowances.

For instance, in Arizona you tend to make a higher base pay somewhere in the realm of $23-$24/hr but your housing stipend is only $1000/month.

In California, your base pay may be $18-$20/hr but your housing stipend may be $2000/month for example, depending on facility, and you get overtime pay for anything over eight hours. If you are strategic enough you can take advantage of each financial situation with each contract.

Too get a complete picture of travel nurse salary, you have to get a lot of pieces of information from your recruiter, then “blend” all types of pay together to see your true hourly rate. Here’s an example:


$250/wk for meals X 13 weeks:$3,250
$2,000 per month lodging X 3 months:$6,000
$500 travel reimbursement (one time):$500
Total:$9,750
Divided by total hours worked/468 hours
Non-taxable stipend pay per hour:= $20.83
Add base pay:+$20
Total blended rate:$40.83 per hour

Sample Travel Nurse Compensation Breakdown


From my own personal experience I can promise you that a travel nurse’s salary is quite competitive to a staff nurse’s salary. Some of the benefits of being a traveler is that you can take advantage of tax free reimbursements by finding your own housing, accept crisis pay contracts or assignments that guarantee four shifts a week and take extension bonuses that are offered at the end of your contracts.

As long as you manage your money and your time well, you will do very well as a travel nurse.

Additional Benefits

Typically, the travel nursing agency pays for the nurse’s housing and living arrangements as part of the compensation package. Many health facilities and hospitals have off-campus living quarters where temporary or visiting staff can live free of charge.

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Travel nurses usually receive health and wellness benefits. Medical, dental, and vision insurance are often covered. Some employers will even provide matching bonuses to retirement savings funds.

Finally, some travel nurses will be offered sizable monetary bonuses at the end of an assignment. Some are even offered an extended contract or a full-time position.

When you add up all aspects of travel nurse salary, you discover that traveling RNs are among the highest paid nurses in the medical field.

Get Started as a Travel Nurse

Nurses who think they are ready to explore their earning potential as a traveler should check today’s opportunities.

Find excellent positions that match your experience and start earning more.

Click here to apply for your travel nurse opportunity.

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