NY and CA boards do not require an english exam to make you eligible to sit for the NCLEX exam. NY requires CGFNS' CVS for NY (www.cgfns.org
) while CA BRN does their own evaluation (www.rn.ca.gov)
We do not recommend CA for initial licensure since it takes 4-6 months ave. plus another 3-4 weeks of waiting for the results. Also, they will only give a letter that you passed NCLEX and that you have 3 yrs. to give them a valid US SSN.
However, been learning lately that there are some applicants that have a 1-2 yr. time-line to take the NCLEX and another 1-3 years time-line before they want to migrate to the US so they chose CA BRN.
For those who wants to take the NCLEX ASAP and start the petitioning process, it is better to just go through either NM, VT or other State BON that processes eligibility letter relatively fast then just endorse to CA.
If you choose NY. There is no other way but to go straight for CVS for NY.
As CVS is also required if endorsing to NY.