English language proficiency questions
You must register with the testing organization. Contact details can be found at www.cgfns.org/sections/programs/vs/vs-english.shtml.
No. No exceptions can be made due to U.S. Federal and State Board regulations.
No. TOEFL®, TOEIC and IELTS scores are only valid for two years. The CGFNS Qualifying Exam® and English language proficiency tests must be taken within two years of each other for both scores to be valid.
Contact CGFNS to review exam results. You may need to retake and pass both the CGFNS Qualifying Exam® and the English language proficiency test within two years of each other. See the chart at http://www.cgfns.org/sections/programs/cp/cp-english.shtml.
No there is no rule. However, applying for VisaScreen® only three months before your English language scores expire may prove a problem. Not only do you need to pass IELTS, we must have received all of your documents to be reviewed. If you are missing documents or not all of them have arrived and have been evaluated before your IELTS expires, you may have to retake the English language proficiency test in order to meet VisaScreen® requirements.
To be exempt from the English language proficiency requirement for VisaScreen®, you need to meet all of the following criteria:
To be exempt, you need to meet the following criteria:
The English language proficiency test requirement can be waived if you can demonstrate employment in the health care profession that is designated on your ICHP VisaScreen® certificate in the United States for at least 27–36 months, including nine months of the year before the date you submit the renewal application. You will need to have your employer submit an employment summary on corporate letterhead with the appropriate signature for the English requirement to be waived.
If you are applying to a state that requires the CGFNS Language Report (an English proficiency report included with CES Report for select State Boards of Nursing), there is an additional fee to prepare an English language proficiency report regarding your status. If you are not English-exempt, you will need to take the English exam and have the scores sent to CGFNS so that we can include it with your CES Report.
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