hypnotizer90 has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Medical - Surgical/ General Surgery.
Hi hypnotizer. I’m also an RN here in Canada. I did my BSN in the Philippines and unfortunately had to repeat the entire Nursing program here in Canada before I got licensed. My question is regarding the visa screen. Did CGFNS require you to take another language proficiency exam? In my case, CG is requiring me to do so because they are saying that my nursing education in Canada is not my entry level of practice. Hope you can share with me your experience with this. Thanks!
Hi, Yes. I am just reading the CGFNS website, quoted below. I only completed 2 years of nursing program back in PH. (I mistakenly put this on my application & I told CGFNS to remove it. I didn't use this for my Canadian nursing program since I went back to Canadian high school to complete my Grade 11-12 pre-requisites). I completed RPN in Ontario and upgraded into my BScN, so my entry level is in Canada.
Did you end up repeating the whole 4 year BScN in Canada then you would argue to CGFNS that you technically completed a 4 year education entry level in Canada so it does not makes sense to complete another English Proficiency test. Did you use your previous BSN education in PH to get into the Canadian nursing program? CGFNS just wanted to verify previous education. (This sucks because you need to send your PH school some CGFNS paperworks but if you had some theory/clinicals then it is very important to add since Canadian nursing program doesnt put us into all the clinicals in medical/surgical/psychiatrics/obstetrics/pediatrics which is very important if you wanted to apply in California.
EXEMPTION DUE TO ENGLISH-BASED PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION
In some circumstances, a VisaScreen® applicant may be exempt from taking an English language proficiency examination. To be exempt from having to take an English language proficiency examination based on the completion of an English-based professional education, an applicant must meet the following two criteria:
Entry-level professional education must have occurred in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, Ireland or the United States; AND
English must have been the language of instruction, including the language of the textbooks.
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