RN Licensure application for california or vermont

  1. hi guys.. i'm planning to pass an application for state of california but some of my friends are discouraging me because it takes 6 mos to one year for them to process beacuse i'm from the philippines.. is this true? is there any thing i can do to make it faster? i mean what if i have relatives there, can i use their address so that it's faster for me to receive their letters? and i am also thinking to apply to vermont because it will only take them 3 mos to process or at least less 6 mos but the problem is i have no relative there, can you help me please! i can't decide.. thank you so much..
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  3. by   jayann
    Quote from dyan_gorgeous RN
    hi guys.. i'm planning to pass an application for state of california but some of my friends are discouraging me because it takes 6 mos to one year for them to process beacuse i'm from the philippines.. is this true? is there any thing i can do to make it faster? i mean what if i have relatives there, can i use their address so that it's faster for me to receive their letters? and i am also thinking to apply to vermont because it will only take them 3 mos to process or at least less 6 mos but the problem is i have no relative there, can you help me please! i can't decide.. thank you so much..
    hi there. i applied thru CA BON but it didnt took me 6-12 mos..i applied for my eligibility jan, then i got a reply from them april...the advantage is your ATT is good for one year..just use your address in the Phils, better.
  4. by   suzanne4
    US address makes no difference, the length of time is based on where you went to school.

    Thread moved to International Forum, as it is related to foreign nurses. And you are applying for licensure as an RN, not to take the NCLEX exam. The exam is only part of the process.

    CA will take one month to get your results, something else to consider.

    Vermont only has a three month window to sit for the NCLEX exam.
  5. by   vernice__13
    hi there! i got my eligibility from california after 2 months of mailing my application... and some of my friends even got theirs in just 5 weeks (same state). one more thing.. the fastest way is not always the best way... good luck!
  6. by   john83
    I got my eligibility letter from CA after 5 months, with a US address.
  7. by   praeclarus
    HI!!! :icon_hug:

    I agree with vernice that the fastest way is not always the best way and with suzanne that US address indeed does not make a difference.

    CA BON usually finishes processing your application within 6 months. Some are luckier because they got their eligibility by the 3rd month, in Vernice's case, by 2 months. If you want to apply for the CA BON, you have to call them and inquire about your status if you haven't received your eligibility within 6-8 weeks. Never call them before those weeks, because that will just delay the processing. (That is what's indicated in their instructions) Their ATT is also good for a year, so that's a big advantage especially if you are not really ready to take the exam yet.

    Vermont BON, however, process applications faster. They said that the processing takes 3-4 months, but I got my eligibility within 2 months, probably less than that, if they only indicated that course description is also a requirement. Unfortunately, their ATT is only good for 3 months.

    You need to take into consideration that if you decide to apply for licensure in Vermont, you will also apply for endorsement because your relatives are living in California. The time you spent with applying for licensure in Vermont plus endorsing your license to California BON (after you pass the exam) is just like applying for licensure in California, you get what I mean?

    Well, i learned it the hard way. I should have listened to Suzanne.

    Anyway, before you decide, you better weigh both their advantages and disadvantages. Good Luck!!
    Last edit by praeclarus on Feb 14, '07
  8. by   suzanne4
    You apply for licensure as an RN in the US, you do not apply to take the NCLEX exam. It is only one part of the process.
  9. by   bebern
    [quote=suzanne4;2052925]US address makes no difference, the length of time is based on where you went to school.

    what do you mean by this suzanne?
  10. by   lawrence01
    The length of processing depends upon when they complete their transcript evaluation. Non-US transcripts will always get scrutinized compared to their US counterparts so it takes time for them to process it and also consider the fact that there are hundreds or thousands that they receive from foreign-applicants. It is stated in their application form that it takes them an ave. of 4-6 mos but it could be shorter or longer depending on how busy they are.

    You may refer to the post in post #6 on the advantages and disadvantages of just directly applying to where you really want to work compared applying to states like VT or NM then endorsing.
  11. by   mattiya1326
    US address makes no difference, the length of time is based on where you went to school.

    suzzane what do you mean by this?

    Thanks
  12. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from mattiya1326
    US address makes no difference, the length of time is based on where you went to school.

    suzzane what do you mean by this?

    Thanks
    Lawrence has nicely explained what was mean't by the statement. Foreign nurses transcripts are thoughly examined to ensure the right criteria is met
  13. by   mattiya1326
    Quote from Silverdragon102
    Lawrence has nicely explained what was mean't by the statement. Foreign nurses transcripts are thoughly examined to ensure the right criteria is met
    thanks!!!
  14. by   loveena
    im planning to send my requirements to BON Ca but i've read somewhere that i cant get my license number if i dont have a SSN. and they will destroy the records after 3yrs now im so confused. it took me a while to decide which state i'll choose and i chose Ca because of the 1yr period they give. Im from the Philippines, by the way, and and im sure 3 years isn't enough time.. pls help

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