PassportUSA Now Accepts CGFNS Exam
If you aren’t fortunate enough to live in a country where NCLEX is offered (it’s only offered in 10 countries outside of the USA), you can imagine the hassle and expense involved to take the exam. Most agencies (PassportUSA included) have traditionally required nursing candidates to pass the NCLEX before they will consider filing for their U.S. visa.
All of this is about to change.
PassportUSA will now accept passing results on the CGFNS Qualifying exam in combination with an active IELTS and/or VisaScreen as criteria to enter our program and to begin processing your U.S. visa application.
To our knowledge we are the only agency to do so. This makes the dream of working as a nurse in the USA more accessible to tens of thousands of nurses across the globe who live in the more than 100 countries in which the CGFNS Qualifying Exam is offered.
Wait, what’s the CGFNS Qualifying Exam?
The CGFNS Qualifying Exam is designed specifically for first-level, general nurses educated and licensed outside the United States who wish to assess their chances of passing the U.S. registered nurse licensing exam, the NCLEX-RN® examination, and attaining licensure to practice as registered nurses within the United States.
The exam is just one part of the entire CGFNS Certification Program. The program is comprised of three parts: a credentials review of the nurse’s education, registration and licensure; an English language proficiency exam; and the CGFNS Qualifying Exam. Upon successful completion of all three elements of the program, the applicant is awarded a CGFNS Certificate.
How Our CGFNS Program Works in Six Steps:
(1) Obtain a CGFNS Certification Program Certificate: There are three parts to this process: (1) Credential review; (2) English language Examination (typically IELTS); (3) CGFNS Qualifying Exam. You cannot take take the qualifying exam until the first two steps are satisfied. More information is available in this booklet. This certificate is valid for life, but IELTS results will expire as explained later.
(2) Retake IELTS if Necessary and/or Renew Your VisaScreen: Although the CGFNS Certificate is valid for life, IELTS scores expire in just two years per U.S. VisaScreen standards. So if you acquired a CGFNS Certificate a few years ago, you’ll have to retake IELTS to move forward. An overall IELTS Academic band score of 6.5 and 7 on the spoken portion is required to meet U.S. visa standards. VisaScreen’s expire after five year’s and if you had one issued a while back, this is worth re-examining as well.
(3) Keep or Get Your Nursing Skills Current: No amazing test score or fluency in English is a replacement for real patient care conducted in a hospital setting. You need to keep your bedside nursing skills sharp.
(4) Contract with PassportUSA: Now that you have passed the CGFNS Qualifying Exam and have a valid IELTS score you can now contract with PassportUSA to aid in your quest for a U.S. nursing career. Remember you must be living in a country where NCLEX is not offered for us to accept the CGFNS Qualifying Exam. Outside of the USA, NCLEX is offered in Australia, Canada, England, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Taiwan.
(5) U.S. Visa Filing: Once passing IELTS and/or your VisaScreen is active, PassportUSA moves expeditiously to file your EB-3 visa. During this period, it is critical that you keep your nursing skills current and prepare for the NCLEX examination. Once your U.S. priority date is current your visa will be issued
(6) Take NCLEX in the USA and Start U.S. Nursing Career: PassportUSA will fly you to the USA to sit for the the NCLEX examination. Once NCLEX passing scores are confirmed and the U.S. state license is issued you can start work at your assigned PassportUSA client facility.
PassportUSA is excited about this new pathway to the USA for international nurses. We hope that by now accepting the CGFNS Qualifying Exam, thousands of international nurses not living in countries where the NCLEX exam is offered will realize that a clear path to the USA exists for them as well.
Please note that if the country in which you currently reside has an NCLEX examination testing center, PassportUSA still requires passage of this exam prior to being accepted into our U.S. nursing program.
We will not accept passage of the CGFNS Qualifying Exam in lieu of NCLEX-RN if NCLEX-RN is offered in the country in which you live.
Furthermore, all CGFNS Qualifying Exam passers must still pass the NCLEX-RN exam prior to working as a nurse in the USA. This process is outlined in Step 6 above.