Experiences applying for your RN through NNAS- moving from USA to Canada

  1. I am a born and raised Canadian, who lived (for 15 years) and studied in California, where I received my BSN RN. My question is, my family of 5 wants to move back to Canada, BC in particular. I have 2.5 years of hospital experience to date. I applied through NNAS this year, and as of this month, all my documents have been submitted. I am looking to talk to those who have walked this road.

    How long after submitting all documents, did you receive an answer from NNAS?

    After receiving an answer (hopefully yes), and applied for your RN license in Canada, how long did it take for that province to approve your license?

    Were any additional tests or schooling needed in your case?

    Was your NNAS application approved?

    We have a move date of January 2019, and absolutely want to be moved by August 2019, so that our middle child can start kindergarten (she will be a year behind, due to enrollment dates that are later here in California). I am in the process of applying for my kids and husbands citizenship papers, which I have heard takes about 4-6 months once all documents are received.

    Any and all information regarding NNAS applications, time and hick-ups (or lack there of) are greatly appreciated...
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  3. by   NRSKarenRN
    Hi...check out allnurses Nursing in Canada section for further advice.
  4. by   Silverdragon102
    There are a few threads in this forum discussing NNAS. Process unfortunately can be long so giving yourself until next year to move is a good idea.
  5. by   RN_Pro
    The only ball that is in your court is the fact that you aren't the first person in this situation and others have fought the good fight and worked out some of the kinks for you (yay!)

    For the first two years every applicant got "non-comparable", even those educated in the US obtaining 4 year BSNs from universities that 3 months before applying to NNAS were accepted by Canadian nursing bodies. It was a &#@% show and there is zero real oversight or accountability. NNAS is a scam and a for-profit business--they know the result of applicants' Advisory Report prior to them applying (no way a nurse who was educated in Nigeria for example will get "comparable"). NNAS consists of American non-nurses evaluating how well your nursing education compares to that of a current Canadian nursing grad.


    You are likely to get "somewhat comparable". Almost nobody gets "comparable". Most in your situation got non-comparable and then had to do a $500 exam called IENCAP (I"m talking about Ontario here, it has a different name in Alberta but is the same exam and costs around $1500). Since so many people fought back, they have added a step where before requiring you to do this exam they will ask you to have paperwork sent in to the nursing body that you applied to detailing your nursing work experience. This experience that you have is likely what will save you, if anything does.

    So basically NNAS will send you an Advisory Report. This has taken up to 10 months for some people. From there you request they send your file to the nursing body. As soon as you apply they will invite you to take a Jurisprudence exam. Many get excited thinking this means something but it doesn't. They ask everyone who applies, even if they know there is no way they will be getting their license anytime soon.
    This exam can be done at any point after this during the process. Then nursing body sends you a letter telling you what is next (in your case likely the info about work experience). Once that is sent in they will tell you whether it is enough to consider you to have met the education requirement. If yes, they will say you can sign up to take NCLEX-RN (not sure what you meant about how hard it is---of course it's hard, its the licensing exam for countries that uphold the highest standards in nursing care). After you have met all requirements including passing NCLEX-RN it takes 8-10 weeks to have a license in hand.

    If they decide work experience isn't enough and you have to take IENCAP, this is a different story. In that case I don't think you'll have a nursing license by Aug 2019.
    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Aug 5 : Reason: changed to all symbols
  6. by   NewNurseRN15
    Im a little confused. Say NNAS approves my application or I at the very minimum get somewhat comparable, and I apply to the BC board, and they reassess and say yes we think you have what we deem appropriate work experience and education, is that it? Like I apply to BC and they give me a license?
    Currently my NNAS app is pending, as it has been for over 2 months. I sent it about 400+ papers supporting my education and work experience. You mentioned the NCLEX-RN but I have already taken the Nclex down here in California, would that mean I would retake it, or do they just take that as I have passed.
    I guess Im basically wondering if all goes well with NNAS and they give me the go, what is next? And if all goes bad, and they say somewhat comparable, I just apply to BC anyways, and hope that they will reconsider the NNAS decision?
    I hate this waiting game. We have ALOT riding on this. I just want to get home.
  7. by   NewNurseRN15
    Does it seem that American trained and education nurses have a better success rate when applying? I don't understand how Canada whom bases their education system on the US in so many ways, could say that the US would be undertrained. Ive lived in both countries, each for the exact same amount of time, and I just find both countries, including medical systems (aside from insurance) to be very similar. My sister is a nurse in Canada, and we have talked in depth about our jobs, and schooling.
  8. by   Silverdragon102
    If your report comes back ok and BC have proof that you passed NCLEX and you meet all their requirements then free paying any other fees they will issue license then all that is left to do is make sure other paperwork for immigration of family is done and make the move

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