Just thought I’d share my successful licensing journey with the CA BRN to help other nurses out there in the same situation. A little background about me, I am foreign born and did my nursing education in Canada. I hold Canadian citizenship, licensed in a Canadian province and initially licensed via Minnesota back in 2016 via the NCLEX. I currently hold a license in Texas and have let my MN license expire. I did my CGFNS visa screen early last year (required for the TN visa) which by the way took way longer than CA BRN. It took almost 6 months to receive my VS certificate so get started on it ASAP. My CA licensing journey began with landing a job in CA and used the job offer letter to obtain a visa and SSN. Side note: I have a former classmate from nursing school working as a RN in CA and gave me advice re: CA BRN educational requirements. It turns out our nursing education was missing the microbiology course requirement so I took a microbio class through a local university and completed it in early Dec 2018. I made sure it included a lab component. Make sure your nursing education meet the CA requirements to avoid delays.
Nov 1 - called my Nursing school and requested my school to fill out the breakdown of courses and prepare transcripts. I knew from applying for the visa screen last year that my school takes about a month for them to get all documents filled out and signed. The school mailed out my transcripts on Nov 25 without my knowledge.
Nov 30 - Luckily, I received my SSN in the mail and I immediately applied to California BRN via Breeze website. Canada Post was on strike around that time so I know my Uni transcripts wouldn’t reach CA BRN before my application.
Dec 7 - I wrote my microbiology final exam and had my transcript sent to CA BRN a week later via courier. I also requested my provincial licensing body to send my license verification via courier. I have read from previous post that mail gets lost occasionally so I didn’t want to take chances.
Dec 17 - Flew to California to meet my employer and at the same time I got my live scan done there. The live scan personnel required a US address for some reason but luckily my friend gave me his address.
Dec 19 - The Breeze website allows you to attach documents to your open application for any other required documents. Back in October, I called the CA BRN for tips and advice and the representative said to attach all documents that proves your identity and your credentials. ie passport, SSN, etc. The following documents that I attached were: SSN card, old and current passports from time in university to present, CGFNS certificate, RN degree, live scan copy/receipt, Texas and Minnesota license, and provincial RN license. I highly recommend attaching these docs to avoid delays. It doesn’t say in the application instructions but have read from previous posts multiple times that they’ve asked for these documents.
Jan 2 - CA BRN processing time website states my application date is current.
Jan 10 - Did not contact CA BRN at all anytime after submitting my application back in Nov 30. I checked breeze that evening and found my license number at the top right hand corner. I am an international applicant and was able to get my license just a day short of 6 weeks!
Hope this helps someone. Thanks to everyone who posted their tips and experience as it certainly helped me. Best of luck to y’all!