Cross the Border to a Great Nursing Career. Be a Henry.

Henry Ford Health is home to 911 registered nurses and 182 allied health professionals who are Canadian citizens. We consider them our family, and we are ready to welcome you as well! As a Canadian employee of Henry Ford Health, you will be eligible for the same comprehensive benefits as our U.S. employees, as well as for Manulife medical and dental plans unique to your needs.

We are just minutes from the border

You have likely heard about Henry Ford Health’s advanced technology, absolute commitment to quality care and safety, and opportunities for professional development. You may have a Canadian friend who works here and can tell you about the easy commute. But you won’t really know the benefits of working with Henry Ford Health until you experience our culture of caring and belonging.

With full-time, part-time, contingent positions and steady shifts available to new graduates and experienced nurses, you are sure to find one that meets your needs and interests. Whether you choose to work in our community hospitals, specialty practices, ambulatory centers, home health care services or the Level One trauma center at Henry Ford Hospital, we will support your career path anywhere you want to go.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) is the foundation on which Henry Ford Health stands. We value and embrace the wealth of diversity reflected in our team members, patients and their families, and the communities we serve.

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Why Our Canadian Nurses Choose Henry Ford Health
Discover what attracts Canadian nurses to cross the border and build their careers with us – And find out why they choose to stay.

Working in the United States: Where do you start?

Our nurse recruiters are here to support you as you complete the following requirements:

  • Graduate from a Canadian Nursing School (or foreign equivalent).
  • Pass the NCLEX examination.
  • Apply for and receive a Michigan Nursing License.
  • Apply for and receive a VisaScreen Certification from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) or Josef Silny & Associates.
  • Secure a job offer from Henry Ford Health. (An individual cannot apply for a TN work visa without an offer from a U.S. employer.)
  • Your recruiter and Henry Ford Health’s immigration legal counsel, Ellis Porter, will prepare a TN work visa application package for you.
  • Present the TN work visa application package in person at the U.S./Canada Port of Entry. We recommend submitting your TN work visa application at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel Customs and Border Protection (CBP) offices, but you may also submit at the Ambassador Bridge CBP offices.
  •  Once your TN work visa application is approved, apply for your U.S. Social Security number at one of several Social Security Administration offices throughout Metro Detroit, and begin working at Henry Ford Health.

Ready to explore your opportunities?

Connect with a nursing recruiter at 313-876-9899 or via

We can also provide a free consultation with an immigration expert to help you through the Visa process.
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Frequently asked questions

  • In which order should I begin my process?
    You may begin the VisaScreen application process (by filling out the form and gathering documents) before you receive your NCLEX results and your Michigan nursing license, but you cannot submit the application until those two steps are completed.
  • I am living in Canada. Will my spouse need to attend my Visa appointment?
    No, your spouse does not need to come with you.
  • How long will it take to receive the Michigan nursing license and VisaScreen?

    The current processing time for a Michigan nursing license is about 6 to 8 weeks, but may be shorter. VisaScreen processing can take a few months, but it can be expedited to about 10 days after all documents are submitted, for an additional fee.
  • How long does a VisaScreen renewal take?
    It can take about six months to renew your VisaScreen. So, it is important to plan ahead and file your renewal application as soon as you are eligible to do so, which is six months prior to the expiration date.
  • What is an H-1B Work Visa?

    The U.S. H-1B visa allows foreign workers in specialty occupations to work in the United States for a temporary period of time. Specialty occupations typically have a minimum education requirement of a four-year bachelor’s degree. Standard RN positions do not qualify as specialty positions, so they do not qualify for H-1B work visas, even with a bachelor’s degree.

    The following management and advanced practice nursing positions can qualify for H-1B visa.

    • Nurse manager
    • Nurse practitioner
    • Certified registered nurse anesthetist
    • Clinical nurse specialist
    • Certified nurse midwife
    • Some nurse educator positions
  • For how long is a Michigan nursing license valid?
    Your Michigan nursing license is good for two years. You may renew online, using a debit or credit card.
  • Does a Canadian nurse with a U.S. education still need to obtain a VisaScreen?
    Yes, the VisaScreen is still required.
  • What fees can I expect to pay?
    The Michigan Nursing License Application fee is $208.80. The fees for the VisaScreen application will be reimbursed by Henry Ford Health after completion of a qualifying period, including $56 for the CBP TN Work Visa Application and either the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) for $700 or Josef Silny & Associates for $500.
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