i am also a canadian, and when i came from nova scotia to maine i was able to get a license through reciprocity with no problem.
however once i got here i got many letters from cgfns (a private company) saying that the regulations with immigration had changed and that i had to take their test ($400) in montreal, in order to be able to continue practising in the usa. apparently their test predicts the chance that you will be able to pass nclex.
so i thought to myself, why not just take the nclex here in maine? well the maine board of nursing would not allow me to register to take it because as far as they were concerned i had already passed it, through reciprocity. they had no problem with my license, in fact i had been practising for a year by the time i heard from them.
so i called ins and they said that the cgfns test was possibly in the works some time in the future, as a federal government requirement, along with toefl for all foreign grads.
stupid, sez i, because i am already licensed by my board, and being a profession nursing regulates it's own practitioners. along with the fact that i already speak english (see?) and i can prove i graduated from an english speaking university.
the guy at ins agrees with me, and we both figure it's a government thing. no use fighting it, so i'll probably have to take it anyway so i registered and off i went on the hottest day of the year, no ac, to montreal, and cgfns says they'll test me nursing wise and for english at the same time.
i passed nursing but they decided without telling us that they were not going to do the english part of the exam, and no refund.
i went back to maine fuming, butthat was 3 1/2 years ago and the law that was going to be passed so we had better get ready for it has not yet passed, and the guys at the border say they have not heard anything else about enforcing it.
i also know that the maine hospital association wrote letters to ins saying it was a damn stupid senseless requirement, so that may have something to do with it not being enforced.
but cgfns has my money, and i have the piece of paper that proves i jumped through their hoop. cgfns actually told me in the letters they sent that their test was a requirement at the time, when actually the law was in the works, but was not being enforced.
so i would not do anything on cgfns say-so, just go through the process of reciprocity state to state, and if you meet the requirements of the board let it be. cgfns is a private company in the business of making money, they don't seem to care about much else.
and i think that if one state has reciprocity with another, why not just apply to write the nclex, and get the existing reciprocity. they are offered more often, and at more convienent locations, for a cheaper fee.