Taking nclex in CA as an international student.

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    Hi,
    I'm in the RN/BSN track and i heard that CABON requires #SSN to take nclex.
    I have F-1 visa but no #SSN. I did some research on allnurses.com and a lot of people said i need to apply for OPT. but in my knowledge, you apply for OPT before you graduate and once you get the card you have 90days to find a job and 12 months to stay in U.S. if you are hired. also you can apply for the #SSN if you are on OPT.
    the problem is my school is letting us to start taking nclex on last quarter of bsn program, and I want to take the test as soon as i can.
    Do i have to apply for the OPT and get #SSN before I apply for nclex in CA? if so, i wouldn't have time to find a job because I'm sure it will take about 90days from applying for nclex and get licensed. I'm so confused.. what are the steps that international students take to be eligible to take nclex and get their licenses?
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    Moved to the Nurse Registration forum

    On F1 you can apply for a US SSN as you can work part time whilst at school. Correct you need a US SSN for California and you have to apply for OPT 4-6 months before you graduate and I believe OPT will not start until you graduate however it does take a few months to come through
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    Thank you for your reply!
    I'm a full time student and i have no time to work.
    Is working part time whilst at school is the only way to get a US SSN?
    then, all the international students in CA have to work part time at school to take the nclex because they need SSN to take it?
    I want to know how I can take the nclex as an international student in CA...
    I heard CABON doesn't even accept applicants without SSN
    please help!!!
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    You can not even apply to CA without a US SSN. Just because you apply for work permission doesn't mean you have to use it just means you can apply for a US SSN. This rule has been in for a few years
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    Try to get an ON CAMPUS student job. If you get one, administration will likely give you a letter so you can apply for a SSN. Everybody who works needs to have a SSN, even if it is just a student job. As an international student you qualify for an ON CAMPUS job after you have been in F1 for 2 semester or 3 quarter. Good Luck
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    hi

    I've the same question as u do as an F-1 international student to get a SSN in order to take NCLEX exam.
    I was wondering how did you solve the problem? did you already get ur SSN?
    If so would you mind taking some time to give me some advice on this issue. Thank you in advance.

    Good luck to you!!
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    Thank you for your reply!
    I'm a full time student and i have no time to work.
    Is working part time whilst at school is the only way to get a US SSN?
    then, all the international students in CA have to work part time at school to take the nclex because they need SSN to take it?
    I want to know how I can take the nclex as an international student in CA...
    I heard CABON doesn't even accept applicants without SSN
    please help!!!
    If you are in California,
    Request your DSO to write a letter to apply for SSN for Driving license in CA.
    Because CA requires SSN in order to apply driving license.
    This is an easiest way to get SSN. I got on same way.


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