I too wanted to work in texas US. well..we need to get the lisenced first.Here is an email i got from the authority. Perhaps u can try to take alook at the steps and take alook at them. They welcome fresh grads like me too.
Thank you for your email & C.V.
Feel free to browse through our website at www.physioamerica.com otherwise look through the information below on the steps to follow ...to gain work in the U.S.
The 1st thing you need to do is decide which State(s) you wish to get licensed in, check with the FSBPT website www.fsbpt.org and read through the application for the State or States' you are interested working in. Then you need to get your Post Secondary Education and Physiotherapy Curriculum credentialed by an approved credentialing agency of those State boards. The FCCPT ( www.fccpt.org ) & International Consultants of Delaware, ICD ( www.cgfns.org/sections/prog/intl.delaware.shtml are 2 credentialing agencies that are recommended for physiotherapists to both satisfy the intended State board licensure requirements and also for the "visa-screen certificate". (see below on which credentialing agency to use)
On the FCCPT application you will be able to select which State or States' you will want your credentialing report to be sent to?
That can take 16 weeks+ , you will also be sent the visa screen certificate which you will need to present to the US immigration interview to process for your Visa.
Once you have been successfully credentialed, the State where you want to work will notify the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) who will then send you an Authorization to Test ( ATT ) letter which is the instruction to take the National Physical Therapy Exam ( NPTE ) here in the U.S.
It is a multiple choice computerized test, taken at 1 of 300 or so test centers across the country and is called a Prometric testing centre www.prometric.com .
Depending on the State you wish to gain license in you may need to also take a small exam in state ( jurisprudence ) health/law prerequisites etc.
We have info on the National Physical Therapy Exam ( NPTE ) and in our experience is relatively easy compared to what you have had to do already, to gain P.T. Licensure.
Once passed you will be granted a license, but depending on the State you will be initially granted license applicant status and have to undertake an "internship", i.e. supervised work in an appropriate facility before the State finally issues you with the license.
Currently, about 13 states require this internship period.
Based on these differing State requirements and the time it takes, 16 weeks+ for credentialing, 16 weeks+ for a visa, it is important to have an idea of what type of work, which State you would like to work in and type of facility etc?
It is obviously easier to gain licensure & therefore work in some States more than others! i.e. ( easier in states that do not require a period of supervision )
A link that you may want to check out is www.fsbpt.org click on publications and then licensure reference guide and follow links to get lots of info on generalized State requirements for Foreign Educated Physiotherapists ( FEPT ). Remember, you need to make sure that whichever credentialing agency you choose satisfies both the State board in which you wish to work in and also can provide you with the immigration "visa screen" certificate . So, in essence to save time & money, most of the time you will apply for the FCCPT " type 1" report and choose ( International Consultants of Delaware ) ICD which is affiliated with the CGFNS (www.cgfns.org/ ), for the few States that do not accept the FCCPT report.
Another site to review is on the CSP website ( www.csp.org.uk/ ) "Working in USA" .
However, this information can change, so we encourage you to visit individual State sites, through the FSBPT and even call to clarify with the individual State of it's requirements if unsure!
The most important need for you is a job offer/sponsor! for the visa requirements, which is where we come in.
As well as giving you licensure & exam help we would be responsible for finding you a suitable employer & "walking" them through the visa requirements if they need it. This timing would coincide with you arriving in the U.S. to take the NPTE as soon as you arrive.
Based on your needs, we scour all potential employment opportunities advertised or not, to get you the best job available.
We would get paid by the employer, as an agent and in essence receive a "finders fee" for our time, advice and experience with the immigration process and there are no costs to you for this, at any time.
Most agencies in fact, do not charge the applicant, however they also probably do not have a British Physiotherapist screening the jobs or with 1st hand knowledge of the exam process and personal " first-hand" needs of a Foreign Educated Physical Therapist ( FEPT).
I came over to the U.S. for 1 year in 1994 and worked in Florida, then applied for a "greencard" whilst on a H1-B visa, 9 months later I was working in California and now a dual citizen, qualified P.T. with 14 years experience of P.T living in San Diego, California.
Hopefully, this gives you an idea of the process, there is plenty of work here in the U.S. with salary ranges from $50K to $80K+ depending on experience.
We would be happy to start looking for you once you have received your " eligibility to test " letter from your State Board and also the visa screen certificate. We will also need the to know the type of work you are interested in, along with a current C.V. (resume).
Let us know and we will personally start helping you every step of the way....
Please feel free to contact us further for more info/clarification and make use of the PhysioAmerica Website.
Darren Williams, P.T.
Ph: 001 858 558 8088 (8 hours behind U.K.)
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