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Illinois Nursing Requirements for International Applicants

Posted on in Nursing License Defense

IL license lawyerStudying to become a nurse at the international level can prove to be a challenging yet rewarding experience. Learning about different nursing policies from all around the world can be a very interesting way to learn about how different cultures practice nursing. In Illinois, there are different licensing requirements for international applicants who wish to pursue their nursing license.

The Process of Obtaining the Nursing License for International Applicants

There are several requirements for the international applicant to successfully obtain his or her nursing license. The applicant must provide proof of licensure in the country from which he or she has received education for the license.

The international applicant must also show proof that he or she has passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). He or she must show proof of education equivalency and may choose from one of the following:

  • A Credential Evaluation Service Report (CES) and proof of passing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), if applicable
  • An Original VisaScreen Certificate
  • An Original Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) Certificate

The CES Report, as well as the TOEFL and IELTS, will apply to all nurses who have been internationally educated, including those who are applying by endorsement, Visa holders, and citizens of the United States.

What if the Applicant Is from Puerto Rico?

Since Puerto Rico is recognized as a United States Territory, candidates can apply as such. If the applicant was educated in Puerto Rico, then CES report will not be required for application by endorsement or examination.

If a nursing license applicant has obtained a social security number, then he or she must disclose their information for the initial application and renewal. However, if a nursing license applicant has not arrived in the United States and may not have obtained a social security number, he or she does not need to provide such information at the time of the initial application, but will be required to provide their social security number at the time of the initial renewal.

A nursing license applicant who does not have a social security number and has no intention to stay in the United States must have a letter from the Social Security Administration or other appropriate government entity indicating that he or she has not been issued a social security number.

Call a Lisle IL Nursing License Defense Attorney

If you are an international applicant who has further questions about how to obtain your nursing license in the state of Illinois, it is a good idea to speak with a seasoned DuPage County nursing license defense lawyer. At the Law Offices of Joseph J. Bogdan, LLC, we understand your questions and concerns, as the process for international applicants may prove to be more complex. To schedule a free consultation, please call 630-310-1267 today.



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