CA will require foreign grads to be licensed in their country before NCLEX

  1. Hi!

    I just called CA-BON and the person I spoke with said I better submit my application now because starting January 2008 they will no longer accept NCLEX applications from foreign graduates who are not licensed in their country. She said it's not on their website yet but that will the new rule ..The woman further said the day my check gets deposited is the official receipt date of my application and I get a file number at that time..

    Now, has anyone heard of this???? So, I submitted my application Dec. 3. My question, how long did it take for CAli BON to deposit/cash your check payment?
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   lawrence01
    Moved your thread in the Int'l forum as this news will affect all foreign nurses and not just Filipinos. Thanks.
  4. by   lawrence01
    Expect some Boards to do the same in the near future, so future applicants must keep themselves updated at all times to new requirements and other changes.
  5. by   suzanne4
    Actually quite glad to hear of this and had been expecting it to be coming for sometime.

    We have many that wish to come to the US that have not passed their own local exam and now this will be a requirement, before they will be permitted to sit for the exam.
  6. by   dave787
    i am pleased to hear this!!!
  7. by   lost_stranger
    Quote from urnurse07
    Hi!

    I just called CA-BON and the person I spoke with said I better submit my application now because starting January 2008 they will no longer accept NCLEX applications from foreign graduates who are not licensed in their country. She said it's not on their website yet but that will the new rule ..The woman further said the day my check gets deposited is the official receipt date of my application and I get a file number at that time..

    Now, has anyone heard of this???? So, I submitted my application Dec. 3. My question, how long did it take for CAli BON to deposit/cash your check payment?
    Kindly clarify further: Do you mean licensure from country of nationality or country of nursing education? For some these are different as it is for me. Thanks.
  8. by   narsingboy
    this is good news!!

    atleast CA is trying to provide the best care to the californians..

    being licensed in the philippines means you are competent enough and may possess the mental fortitude of being licensed in the US.

    its a small price to pay to be a US RN.
  9. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from lost_stranger
    Kindly clarify further: Do you mean licensure from country of nationality or country of nursing education? For some these are different as it is for me. Thanks.
    My interpretation is licensed as nurse where ever you did your nurse training
  10. by   suzanne4
    It is called a local license, can be where you trained, or where you were born. Depends on the requirements and restrictions of the countries, each has different rules on whom they will let test and not test.

    Passing an exam in the home country or local country, does not mean that anyone is any better prepared for working in the US as things are done quite differently here. The issue is that the person get a license so that they can get experience before coming here.

    And it will try to put a stop to those that hop on a plane the day or two after they graduate expecting to be able to remain here and work, and they have been working illegally and are now getting deported after all of the raids. Consider it a weeding out exercise, and it actually was required in the past for all, as the CGFNS exam was required and that mandated that the nurse have a local license.

    If the person trained in the US, then this will not apply to them.
    Last edit by suzanne4 on Dec 11, '07
  11. by   marie_dale
    Quote from Silverdragon102
    My interpretation is licensed as nurse where ever you did your nurse training
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    How about those who are already citizens of USA and their immigrants as well who took their BSN in the philippines?? Citizens of other countries are not allowed to take the Philippine local board right?? And those immigrants waiting for their citizenship?
  12. by   lawrence01
    Quote from marie_dale
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    How about those who are already citizens of USA and their immigrants as well who took their BSN in the philippines?? Citizens of other countries are not allowed to take the Philippine local board right?? And those immigrants waiting for their citizenship?
    First of all, it is not yet confirmed. Secondly, dual-citizens are still Filipinos and therefore enjoys both benefits of each Citizenship. Including, able to take the local boards and practicing as a local RN in the Philippines. Lastly, an immigrant is also still a Filipino Citizen only and so there is no hindrance in being able to take the local boards.

    But since it is not yet confirmed, it is still subject to the Boards discretion on w/c should take it and w/c persons can be exempted.

    Of course, if one took nursing in the US then they obviously do not have to take the local Boards, whether they are Filipino Citizens or not. If one took BSN Nursing in PH, there is no legal hindrance in not being able to take it as long as the applicant still holds a Filipino Citizenship.
  13. by   jiffy
    hi
    thanks to our supermoderators
    any updates yet if the local license to practice nursing in the country where an applicant was educated, is now a requirement? because the last time i viewed their website,its still the same, a photocopy of diploma is sufficient with the letter of explanation,this is really bothering me,anyone who can confirm?
    thanks in advance, good day:innerconf
  14. by   suzanne4
    Websites do not always have up to date information, you need to check directly with the BRN on this as we have stated before.

    But the other issue is that if someone is looking at five years or so before they have a chance at a visa, how are you going to get work experience during that time? You need a local license to work in your country, as well as most other countries including Canada, require the local license.

    We also expect the US is going to require the local license again as they did when the CGFNS exam was required by all before they could work in the US. Most other foreign countries are requiring at least two years of work experience, expect the US to require that as the number of applicants increases, they are going to be screening more. There are also many more applicants now from your country, so you need to make yourself more marketable and stand out for immigration. Experience is the big deciding factor here now in determining if the person will get a visa in the final end of it.

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