Credentials Verification Service for New York State®

What is the Credentials Verification
Service for New York State®?

The Credentials Verification Service for New York State is used by healthcare professionals educated outside the United States who wish to practice in New York and require licensure from the New York State Education Department.

CGFNS verifies applicants’ foreign academic and professional credentials and delivers a report to the New York State Education Department, which then evaluates the credentials.

Who Orders the Credentials Verification
Service for New York State®?

  • Registered Nurses
  • Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurses
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants

Applicants from Puerto Rico do not need this service because Puerto Rico is a US territory and the State of New York considers an education completed there to have been completed within the United States.

Benefits of Credentials Verification Service for New York State®

The State of New York identified CGFNS as a trusted source for credentials verification of healthcare professionals educated outside the United States. With a long history of global credibility, CGFNS works closely with New York State to achieve specified outcomes in credentials verification.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Signed & Notarized Attestation
CGFNS applicants can now use NotaryCam to notarize and submit documents from anywhere in the world. Visit: www.notarycam.com/cgfns.

Secondary Education Information (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses only)
A secondary school diploma or an external exam certificate showing the highest level of secondary education received. Secondary education takes place between primary education and university and offers general, vocational or university-preparatory courses.

All documents must be in English. Secondary diplomas can be translated by the applicant or someone chosen by the applicant.

Licenses/Registrations/Diplomas
CGFNS validates the applicant’s initial licenses/registrations for a Credentials Verification Service Report®.

Professional Education Information
A complete academic transcript from the educational institution where the applicant received entry-level education for their profession. Physical Therapist or Occupational Therapist applicants must also submit the curriculum for their educational program.

FEES

Credentials Verification Service for New York State® Frequently Asked Questions

Credentials Verification Service for New York State

How do I apply for Credentials Verification Service for New York State?
What happens after CGFNS receives all the information from schools and licensing authorities?
How long does the Credentials Verification Service for New York State take?
Why does my order status say ‘Ready for Submission?'
How do I apply for Credentials Verification Service for New York State?

Begin by creating a CGFNS Connect account. Complete an application for the Credentials Verification Service for New York State from the CGFNS Purchase Wizard within CGFNS Connect. Submit a signed and notarized attestation through Contact Us, NotaryCam or by postal mail. The attestation document can be found in the service application.

The application for CGFNS’ Credentials Verification Service for New York State is a separate process from the application to the New York State Education Department for licensure.

The Credentials Verification Service for New York State costs $360.

What happens after CGFNS receives all the information from schools and licensing authorities?

After receiving documents from your schools and/or licensing bodies, CGFNS must verify their authenticity and ensure that all provided information is consistent. If there is a problem with the documentation, CGFNS will take steps with you and/or the school or licensing body to resolve the matter. CGFNS sends a report to the New York State Education Department, which then evaluates the documents.

The application for CGFNS’ Credentials Verification Service for New York State is a separate process from the application to the New York State Education Department for licensure. Applying for the Credentials Verification Service for New York does not include an application for licensure with the New York State Education Department.

How long does the Credentials Verification Service for New York State take?

CGFNS can issue a report to the New York State Education Department within weeks of receiving all the required documents or if it has been 180 days since the application was submitted (90 days for Canadian applicants). The length of time it takes CGFNS to generate your report is influenced by the complexity of your file and your country of education.

The precise amount of time may vary depending on how long it takes for schools and licensing authorities to respond to your request for documents.

Why does my order status say ‘Ready for Submission?'

180 days after you apply (90 days for Canadian applicants), your order status in CGFNS Connect will change to ‘Ready for Submission,’ regardless of what documentation CGFNS has received. This means that CGFNS will be preparing your report for the New York State Education Department with any documents received at this time.

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