CGFNS policies - page 2

First of all, do somebody knows if CGFNS cert. has expiration?I passed it 10 years ago.Will they still honor it?Bec. during my time it is a lifetime certificate.And it includes an english section... Read More

  1. by   BonesGilmore
    here I go again, I have no idea.
    Is it better to take the cgfns first?
    and does it come with the toefl exam too?
    will it require me to choose again a specific state?
  2. by   lawrence01
    Quote from BonesGilmore
    here I go again, I have no idea.
    Is it better to take the cgfns first?
    and does it come with the toefl exam too?
    will it require me to choose again a specific state?
    No. Once you pick a State, rule of thumb is to just follow that State's requirements. Some require CGFNS Certification , some do not.

    If the State you chose to apply for 'Initial Licensure' doesn't require one (i.e NM, VT, CA) no need to do it. Period.

    That's why we keep saying to pick a State first and then go on from there.

    Do not 'go with the flow' of the majority of Phil. new grads and new Board passers that they apply for CGFNS Certification right away w/o even thinking w/c State they want to work. The CGFNS Certification is not a 'Magic Bullet'.

    Had so many friends that did these even though we already said that why take it when the State they were considering at that time doesn't even need it. Some still did. Some passed, some did not but it doesn't matter anyway since the States they were considering doesn't even require it and they will have to undergo the requirements of that State they want. Lesson is - don't do anything that is not required or you will just be wasting time, money, and effort. They studied for the exam for nothing.

    NY is an exemption because it's CVS req't should be completed no matter what and regardless if one is already licensed in another State already.

    CA, is another one when it is much better to just apply "Licensure of Endorsement" to them than applying directly and the current choice of State BON of most foreign RNs of where to apply for 'Initial Licensure' is NM or VT because: 1) they do not require any CGFNS service (they do their own transcript evaluation) to be made eligible to sit for NCLEX, 2) relatively faster processing time than CA BRN (2-3 mos. for NM if done correctly and 3-4 mos. for VT)

    The only two diff. bet NM and VT is that NM is only slightly faster and they require f.print (background check) while VT does not.

    If you ask me the better question is how long would they give proof of passing NCLEX since you need the hard copy for you to submit to your lawyers and employers to be able for you to be petitioned. You may ask this to the past applicants in NM and VT on the diff. threads here.
  3. by   BonesGilmore
    thanks again...
    yes, many nurses I know is either contemplating or already took the test. And when I ask why they did it, they would answer that don't really know but it MUST be taken. BUT new jersey requires CG right?

    okay, the question how long would they give proof of passing NCLEX will now be my focus.
  4. by   lawrence01
    Quote from BonesGilmore
    thanks again...
    yes, many nurses I know is either contemplating or already took the test. And when I ask why they did it, they would answer that don't really know but it MUST be taken. BUT new jersey requires CG right?

    okay, the question how long would they give proof of passing NCLEX will now be my focus.
    NJ requires CGFNS Credential Evaluation Service (CES) only and not the CGFNS Certification (CGFNS Exam + Transcript evaluation + English Exam Proficiency Exam and License Validation if licensed in the Phil.)
  5. by   Silverdragon102
    each state takes a different amount of time to say whether you passed and again depending on state will depend if they will give you a hard license or not. If the state requires a SSN before they will give you your license they will issue you with a letter stating you meet requirements. You can not apply for a SSN until you are in the US and can prove that you are there legally. Once you know you have passed NCLEX and english exams you then need to apply through CGFNS for visa screen and arrange with your state to let CGFNS know you have passed as you need visa screen for immigration.

    I would suggest doing plenty of reading on here and make notes as a lot of your questions will have probably been answered, and at the moment concentrate on passing NCLEX

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