Travel Nursing from Canada

Your guide to exciting opportunities and unforgettable experiences anywhere in the United States as a travel registered nurse.

Canadian Travel Nurse working in the United States

Apply, Interview, and Travel

A step-by-step breakdown of how to find a travel nurse job in the United States.

Step 1

Get Started with Host Healthcare

Tell us about your background in our 8-question sign up form so we can get you started on finding your new travel nurse job adventure in the United States.

Get Started
Step 2

VisaScreen Certification through CGFNS

CGFNS evaluates your education/credentials and verifies that you can work in the US by granting the VisaScreen certification.

*RN’s will need to pass either the NCLEX-RN exam or the CGFNS Qualifying Exam


VisaScreen Info
Step 3

Apply for US State License

When applying for your first U.S. License we recommend the following states:

  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Minnesota (MN) ⭐
  • Montana (MT)
  • New York (NY)
  • South Dakota (SD)
  • Texas (TX) ⭐
  • Washington (WA)



Step 4

Explore Current Positions

Once active with Host, your recruiter will send you a list of travel nursing jobs that fit your specialty.

Canadian Staffable Disciplines: All Registered Nursing specialties, Medical Laboratory Technicians, Occupational Therapist, and Physical Therapist.

Explore Jobs
A postpartum nurse enjoying her time off in a hammock
Step 5


You will discuss with your recruiter how the interview process works and what to do when you complete an interview.

Traveling pediatric nurse passing by the beach
Step 6

Accept the Offer and Receive TN VISA

Congrats on your new travel nurse job contract!

Host Healthcare will now provide you with a TN Visa if you continue to travel with Host Healthcare.

Learn More About Canadian Travel

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Travelers should apply to states that do not require a SSN to apply for a license. Your Host Healthcare recruiter will help you find the license that is best for you.

Yes, a TN Visa is required for all Canadian travelers. The TN Visa allows Canadian citizens to come to the United States and work in certain specialty occupations. The travelers must take a letter (provided by their employer) to the border for processing of the TN Visa prior to their start date.

Yes, a new TN Visa Letter is required for every new assignment.

Yes, it is required for all Canadian travelers. CGFNS evaluates your education/credentials and verifies that you can work in the US by granting the Visa Screen certification.  

The cost of the exam is approximately $500.

Turnaround to receive your results can be 5+ months from the time all documents are received.

Yes, a social security card must be on file prior to the traveler’s start date to process I-9 and E-Verify. We recommend the traveler try to schedule an appointment well in advance to be issued a social security card, as this can take up to a couple of weeks

Yes, but will most likely have to get certifications issued by the American Heart Association before start. Some certifications can be completed virtually.  

  1. Medical Items: We are not contracted with any clinics in Canada. Travelers need to receive all medical items on their own and submit for reimbursement –or– make a trip to the US to complete medical items.  
  1. Drug Screen: This is the only medical item that must be set up by Host Healthcare as we need to receive the results directly from the clinic. This will need to be set up in the US. 

Every border agent is different. To be on the safe side, more is better:  

  • State license  
  • Antigen test proof  
  • Passport  
  • Host Healthcare travel contract  
  • CGFNS certificate  
  • Resume  
  • University Degree

Some borders require an appointment for the confirmation of TN Visa stamp and others will just stamp. Travelers should call the border they will cross and confirm if they need an appointment for their TN Visa stamp.

Travelers will receive an I-94 after they stamp the TN Visa. The I-94 is your proof of visa.

You may cross the border 10 days before the start date.