Quote from lawelane
If you have a visa even just a tourist visa or something, u still can take NCLEX in California, Vermont, New Mexico (these are only the states I know who don't require you to be RN in ur country). But if u don't have visa yet and u will apply in agencies or something, then u really have to take exams like TOEFL, etc....
Just giving a friendly clarification that having a tourist visa or any visa for that matter has nothing to do with licensure requirements of each state. If one is a foreign-educated nurse, that applicant still has to fulfill the requirements of the State BON for foreign-educated nurses. This still holds true even for US Citizens who are educated in non-US programs. They still have to do the requirements for foreign-educated nurses. The only thing they don't have to do is the English Prof. exam and the Visa Screen certification for obvious reasons.
Also, majority of State BON/BRN do not have en English Prof. exam as req't for initial licensure (CA BRN, VT, NM, etc..) or they waive it if it was taught in English and if the course was taught by the use of Nursing books written in English (IL, NJ, etc...).
An English exam is mandatory for the Visa Screen Certification (either IELTS or TOEFL) if needed. US Citizens and those who already have a US immigrant visa or are in a fiancee visa are exempted to avail the VSC.
And lastly, as Anna said, the diff. BON change their policies and req'ts often.