Notice of Approval of New Credentialing Organization for Healthcare Workers for Certain Immigration Purposes


Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.




The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS” or “the Department”), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is issuing this document to inform the public of the approval of a new credentialing organization for certain health care workers for certain immigration purposes.


USCIS approved the application from Josef Silny Associates, Inc. on July 22, 2021.


Charles L. Nimick, Chief, Business and Foreign Workers Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 5900 Capital Gateway Drive, Camp Springs, MD 20746; or by phone at 240-721-3000 (this is not a toll-free number). Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may access the telephone number above via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at 1-877-889-5627 (TTY/TDD).


Sections 212(a)(5)(C) and 212(r) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (the Act), 8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(5)(C) and (r), as well as the DHS regulations at 8 CFR 214.1(i) and (j) and 212.15(a) and (n)(3) require that an individual who seeks admission to the United States as a nonimmigrant or immigrant, or who is the beneficiary of a change of status petition, or who is applying for adjustment of status, in the United States for the purpose of performing labor in certain health care occupations is inadmissible unless he or she presents a certificate from an authorized credentialing organization. DHS regulations at 8 CFR 212.15(e)(1) through (3) expressly authorize the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS), the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), and the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) to issue such certificates. DHS regulations also establish detailed standards for the approval of additional credentialing organizations after consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and USCIS has created an adjudicatory framework for the filing and adjudication of those applications, using Form I-905, Application for Authorization to Issue Certification for Health Care Workers. 8 CFR 212.15(j) and (k). The regulations also provide for periodic review and, if necessary, termination of credentialing organizations. 8 CFR 212.15(l) and (m). Finally, the regulations direct DHS to notify the public of the approval of additional credentialing organizations by publishing notices in the Federal Register8 CFR 212.15(e) and (h).On July 22, 2021, USCIS, following consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, approved the application from Josef Silny Associates, Inc., as an organization authorized to issue certificates and certified statements under sections 212(a)(5)(C) and 212(r) of the Act, 8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(5)(C) and (r), for individuals seeking to enter the United States for the primary purpose of working as a nurse. This notice is being provided in accordance with 8 CFR 212.15(e) and (h). Further guidance on certificates for health care workers is available at​working-in-the-united-states/​temporary-workers/​health-care-worker-certification.

Tracy L. Renaud,

Acting Director.

[FR Doc. 2021-16181 Filed 7-28-21; 8:45 am]


How to Apply for Nigeria NMCN Online Verification for Nurses

Nigeria Nursing regulatory body otherwise called the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has begin online verification application for applicants going to the United Kingdom. Although the body earlier released a circular and promised to begin accepting online application for verification from 25th of May, 2021, the verification link was just released this morning. Below is the verification application link:

To begin your application simply pick your registration type Registered Nurse, Registered Midwives or Registered Mental Health Nurse. This process is for only those who have done their PUF.

Input your registration number in the next box and then your email.

Proceed and you will taken to the next stage which will show online your name and Gender.

Click on next and you will see your full name, verification number, the fees which is N18725 and then the payment method. Select the payment method and continue

The next page will be a page to enter your payment information. Total amount to pay is N19099.50. Enter your card details and make the payment.

Immediately after the payment you will receive an email from NMCN, click on the email and you will be taken to the NMCN verification page where you will need to upload your license and other documents. Then complete the form with the following:

Organizational Name: Nursing and Midwifery Council UK

Email Address:

Phone Number: +442073339333

Address: 23 Portland Place W18 1PZ

City: London

Country: United Kingdom

NMC PRN: The number on your UK NMC Page

NMC UK Application Ref: The number in the email sent to you by UK NMC after the payment of £140

You can track your verification by using this site

Note: This is only for those going to UK. Those going to other countries are to use the paper application

How To Create CGFNS Account For New Zealand Nursing Board

This is a part of New Zealand Board of Nursing Registration series. The first step is registration with CGFNS for verification of foreign credentials. Below is a Step-by-Step guide to creating an account with CGFNS.

Step 1: First complete the application here Register ( . After signing up, you should receive an email from CGFNS, just click on the link inside the email in order to activate your account.

Step 2: Logi into your CGFNS account for New Zealand registration using this link Login (

Step 3: Click on Service Selector then select the Licensure for New Zealand Board of Nursing and then Select Registered Nurse and click on the submit button.

Step 4: Click on My Profile on the top right hand corner of your CGFNS homepage.

Step 5: Click on Personal Information on the right side and then complete your personal information and click on submit after completing the information. Once the submit button is clicked, the information will be registered. Without clicking the submit button, the information you entered won’t be saved.

Step 6: Repeat the same for Contact Information

Step 7: For Identity document first click on Add New Identity Document and then complete the information and click submit. Repeat the same for your second identity document and click submit to make the information registered.

Step 8: For Education, click Add New Education History and complete each form. Do this for your Primary School, Secondary School and Nursing Education while clicking on the submit button each time you complete the educational history. You won’t be asked to send your primary or secondary school results or transcripts, you only need transcripts from your tertiary or nursing education.

Step 9: Complete the Employment history by adding new employment and don’t forget to click the submit button in order for it to be updated.

Step 10: For licensure repeat the process by including all the jurisdictions where you are registered. Include the dates you write the qualifying exams and click on submit for each licensure. Repeat the same thing for language proficiency, Continuing Education among others and click on submit.

Finally if you haven’t picked your profession before pick Registered Nurse and proceed to make the application fees payment of $300.

Note: After making the payment, you would receive email from CGFNS confirming the payment and asking you to wait for 3 days to receive approval for the download of the forms.

At this point you can proceed to notarize your identity documents. You can do so by making a photocopy of the documents and go with both the original to either police station, post office or court to notarize the photocopy. You will be required to upload the notarized copy later.

If you have current documents with CGFNS USA before now, you can ask CGFNS New Zealand to retrieve the documents so you won’t need to send it to them again.

After like few minutes to three days, you will receive approval from CGFNS to proceed to download your forms and proceed to sending your transcript from your Nursing school, verification from Nursing Boards and employment verification.

You should read How To Request For Verification With UK NMC

How To Request For Verification With UK NMC

Many registered Nurses in the UK might want to migrate to other countries like Canada, Australia, USA among other countries for various reasons and might be required to send verification from the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council. To nurses who are not familiar with the process of requesting for verification, below is the process.

Step 1: Login into your UK NMC online account NMC Online Services (

Step 2: Click on My Registration at the top of your account

Step 3: Click on the last option on the drop down which is Certificate of Current Professional Status

Step 4: Select YES to all the statements and click NEXT

Step 5: Select the country where the organization you are sending the verification is domicile among the country list in the dropdown menu. For instance if your verification is going to CGFNS, select USA.

Step 6: Licensing or Registration Board select the name of the organization you are sending it to. For instance CGFNS. Immediately after selecting the name of the organization you are sending it to, the address will be displayed.

Step 7: Then input your CGFNS order number into the space in front of Application reference number, this makes your verification easy to track.

Step 8: Tick the box in front of the statement I understand that by signing up to this process my data will be transferred outside the EU/EEA and that I may have fewer or different rights once my data has left the UK and click on submit. You should receive an email after your CCPS is ready and will be asked to make the payment

Step 9: Login into your NMC online account NMC Online Services ( and make the payment of £34 with either a credit or debit card. You must make this payment within 28 days otherwise the generated certificate will expire and you will need to reapply.

Step 10: Once payment is made you will receive another email from NMC confirming that your verification has been shared with your chosen organization. Then wait between 3 to 14 days to have it appear on your portal with CGFNS.

Note: Discard the form you downloaded from CGFNS as you don’t need it for UK NMC verification of your UK License.

Step-by-Step Guide to New Zealand to Australia Nurse Registration

Welcome to this comprehensive guide on the easiest way to migrate to Australia as a foreign educated/overseas nurse through the New Zealand Nursing Board. I am going to take you hand in hand through the registration process.

Australia Nursing Board introduced the new Stream and OBA route which makes direct registration as an overseas nurses super expensive. The easiest and cheapest route is through the New Zealand Board of Nursing. You first apply and get registered as a nurse in New Zealand then you simply endorse it to Australia. Let get started!


Below are the requirements needed before you can start the registration process:

  1. A Bachelor degree in Nursing (Nursing Certificate is now allowed)
  2. Two forms of identity cards usually your international passport and any other government issued identity card. You will need to make photocopies of these documents and notarized the photocopy. Then you will need to upload the notarized copy.
  3. Proof of English Proficiency (IELTS/OET): Academic IELTS with a score of 7 in each band. You can club/combine IELTS provided you sat for both IELTS within 6 months apart and no score is less than 6.5. You must however still have a score of 7 in all modules even when combine IELTS. If you had your Nursing education in USA, UK, Canada and Ireland or you are currently a registered Nurse in any of the listed countries, English language will be waived for you.

Note: IELTS for New Zealand Nurse registration is valid for 3 years and not 2 years like other countries.

4. At least a minimum of two (2) years work experience within the last five years. If you have worked in UK, USA, Canada or Ireland you will be registered directly and won’t need to undergo the 6 to 12 weeks adaptation course.

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Gather the above requirement especially notarization of your passport and ID card

Step 2: Create an account with New Zealand CGFNS by going to the link Register (

Step 3: Complete the CGFNS Application form. You can apply for English waiver if you are practicing as a Nurse in one of the aforementioned countries at this stage. See the guide on how to complete CGFNS Application form. Note: if you have an account with USA CGFNS for NCLEX purpose, you can ask CGFNS New Zealand to help you import your transcripts and verification into your profile so you won’t need to send another verification.

Step 4: Make payment for your CGFNS application. This cost $300 (Exchange rate varies if you are using your local card).

Step 5: Receive a mail from CGFNS confirming your payment and informing you to wait for 2-3 days before your forms are available for download. After few hours or a day, you should receive an email from CGFNS that your application has been approved and you can now proceed to download your forms and send it to the appropriate quarters.

For Step-by-Step Guide to creation of account with CGFNS for New Zealand Board of Nurse Registration, Read How To Create CGFNS Account For New Zealand Nursing Board

You should also read How To Request For Verification With UK NMC

Stop the Lies, UK Does Not Stop Recruitment of Overseas Nurses, Doctors

Has UK stopped the recruitment of foreign doctors and nurses into the NHS or Care Homes? The answer is simple and it is NO! Below is an explanation of the rumours going round the social media space.

On February 26, 2021, the UK government updated the guideline on the recruitment of overseas Nurses and doctors and ever since then there has been misinterpretation of the guideline by various blogs and invdiduals. The new guideline forbid the active recruitment of health workers from resource constraints countries. Part of the Guideline reads:

Read also How To Be A Registered Nurse in UK in 2021 – Types of Nursing: Nursing News, Jobs, Opportunities

UK recruiters are not permitted to actively recruit from these countries unless there is a government to government agreement in place for managed recruitment.

These countries are:Afghanistan




Burkina Faso



Central African Republic



Congo, Democratic Republic of

Côte d’Ivoire


Equatorial Guinea




Gambia, The












Micronesia, Federated States of






Papua New Guinea


Sierra Leone

Solomon Islands


South Sudan


Tanzania, United Republic of




Yemen, Republic of

While this may look new to many people who are seeing it for the first time, the truth is this has been in existence for ages and usually reviewed every three years (3). This latest edition is the new review of the 2019 guideline.

UK position is in tandem with the World Health Organization policy popularly called the Kampala Declaration. It was a joint decision for WHO member States not to actively recruit health workers from poor countries. This declaration came to force in 2008 and member countries such as UK has been implementing this guideline. You can download the WHO Guideline on Recruitment of Health Workers from WHO_HSS_HRH_HMR_2010.2_eng.pdf;jsessionid=E5A5614DF24BB2AD1F9BFB6394D10843

UK employers have not been doing active recruitment of Nurses and doctors in poor countries listed above over a decade. What they do is passive recruitment of Nurses from those countries.

Active recruiting means UK employers flying down to those countries on the red list and offering the Nurses a job after conducting physical interview like they do in Philippines and India.

Passive recruiting on the other hand means UK employers set up a website and advertise their jobs online on a UK website such as NHS job portal NHS Jobs – Candidate Homepage , , Care Home Jobs UK – UK Care Home Job Vacancies etc and applicants applying online, attend interview online etc As long as UK employer doesn’t board a plane and come into your country to recruit the applicants, that is called passive recruitment which is allowed by the UK government. This is how UK employers have been recruiting from countries on the red list without violating the WHO guideline.

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Below are example of cases of what constitutes active recruitment and passive recruitment released by UK government on it website:

The following case studies show recruitment activity in breach of the code of practice.

Case study 1

An agency advertises within a red country on the list and actively supports several candidates from that country with their applications, appointments and travel to the UK. This would be deemed active recruitment and contravenes the guiding principles within the code of practice.

Case study 2

An agency runs a recruitment fair in Nigeria highlighting opportunities in the UK. Nigeria is on the list and should not be actively targeted for recruitment. The agency does not actually hire anyone. This would still be deemed active recruitment and contravenes the guiding principles within the code of practice.

Case study 3

An agency or organisation with multinational contracts advertises in Uganda. They highlight that they are recruiting to a different country (that is, not the UK), however they also have contracts in the UK. It later transpires that the agency facilitated a candidate’s arrival to work in the UK. This would still be deemed active recruitment and contravenes the guiding principles within the code of practice.

Case study 4

A recruitment agency is approached by an individual working in a country on the list who has been referred to the agency by their friend who is working as a social care nurse in the UK. The agency supports the individual with their application and makes a bonus payment to their friend for the referral. This is in breach of the code of practice, an agency should not facilitate the recruitment process unless the candidate has already been appointed by the employer through a direct application. In addition, referral fee schemes are deemed to be active recruitment and are not permitted in countries on the list.

The following case studies show acceptable recruitment activity under the code of practice.

Case study 5

A nurse from Sudan applies to work in the NHS unassisted. He is interviewed by the trust and deemed successful for the post, subsequently travelling to the UK on receipt of his visa. This activity did not include any active recruitment therefore does not contravene the code of practice.

Case study 6

A doctor from Nepal is working in Canada having relocated there five years ago. An agency advertises in Canada and the doctor is picked up in the cohort and wishes to come to the UK. This activity is not in breach of the code of practice; ethical recruitment is determined by the country from which the individual is being recruited, rather than the nationality of the individual.

Case study 7

A nurse from Pakistan applies directly to a social care employer in the UK and is successfully appointed. The social care employer requires the support of a recruitment agency to facilitate the nurse through the remaining part of the recruitment process. This activity is not in breach of the code of practice.

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How To Be A Registered Nurse in UK in 2021

Hi, welcome to this comprehensive guide on how to become a Registered Nurse in UK.

In this article I am going to make the process as easy and straightforward as possible.

To become a registered nurse in UK, there are series of steps you must take. The first step begins with you getting a copy of your international passport, if yours has expired try to renew it as this will be needed before you can sit for IELTS/OET.

NMC Registration Requirements 2021

Also below are the requirements:

  1. You must have completed Nursing education in your country
  2. Registered as a Nurse in your country (This is no longer a requirement as those who are not registered with the Nursing Board in their countries will need to supply additional evidence. For instance, if you are a from Ghana or Nigeria and went to India or Philippines to study Nursing and you were not allowed to register in India or Philippines, you can still register as a Nurse in UK without going to Ghana or Nigeria to register with the Nursing Boards in those countries)
  3. English language requirement: You need to sit for standard IELTS Academic version and have a minimum score of Listening-7 Speaking 7 Reading 7 and Writing 6.5 or its OET Equivalence. However, if you didn’t make the IELTS/OET in a single sitting, you can combine your result. For more information check IELTS Clubbing for UK NMC Nurse Registration or OET Clubbing For UK: NMC OET Clubbing Requirement for Nurses

To get started, go to and create an account. You will be required to upload your:

  1. Nursing Certificate which is the certificate issued by your School after completing your Nursing training
  2. Nursing registration Certificate which is the certificate issued by your board of Nursing
  3. International passport with marriage certificate if applicable.

Then you will be required to make the application fees payment of £140. You can pay this online using your regular ATM card. If you are having difficulty paying this as a result of restriction in your country, look for friends and families in any other country to help you make the payment online.

After making the payment, you should receive an email from NMC confirming your payment. You should then proceed to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of your country to have your verification sent to the UK NMC.

For those in Nigeria, the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has started accepting online application for verification. This online verification is only for those who have completed their Professional Update Form otherwise called PUF. To begin your online application for verification to UK, check the step-by-step guide here How to Apply for Nigeria NMCN Online Verification for Nurses

For those who have not completed their online PUF and are having difficulty, you can still use the paper application. Below is the step for using the paper application:

Note: Before you begin the paper application, confirm from Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria whether it is still accepting paper application before you proceed with it

You will need to pay the verification fees of #17500 through Remita. Go to to generate the invoice and make payment.

After making payment take following to Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria:

  1. Payment receipt
  2. Copy of birth certificate
  3. Copy of license (front and back)
  4. Copy of your Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria registration certificate
  5. Copy of other registration certificates you have with Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria
  6. A letter requesting NMCN to do your verification and Good Standing Certificate to UK NMC. The letter must contain your CRM number which is found in the email sent to you after the payment of £140.

Submit all this at NMCN office in Abuja or Lagos and wait for your verification to be sent to UK NMC. Alternatively, if you have someone to help you submit them at the office, just email the above documents to them. You can follow it up if you know people that can be of help.

After your verification is sent to UK NMC will send you an email which is called DECISION LETTER authorizing you to proceed to write your CBT and OSCE, Pearson Vue will equally send you an email containing your Authorizations to Test called ATT and another one containing your Username and temporary password.  Then change your temporary password by clicking here

After changing your password, you can then schedule your exam by logging in and picking your desired exam centre and date. You will be able to make payment online with your card and if you have finding it difficult to make the payment, go to and purchase  the NMC voucher which is £83 and use the voucher to make payment. Vouchers purchased on Mindhub are usually sent 1 to 2 hours after payment to arrive in your email.

After passing your CBT the next step is paying £153. Before you can make this payment, you will need to upload police certificate from all the countries you have lived more than six months since you turned eighteen years. You will equally need to provide the name and email of a medical doctor who will certify that you are in good health. You will need to provide your IELTS/OET results at this stage

Immediately after payment, an email will be sent to your doctor to confirm your health Status while your Good standing certificate will appear on your portal. It it is not reflecting, it means your board of Nursing didn’t send it along with your verification you might need to contact them to speed things up.

Job Hunting

When should you start searching for jobs? You should start searching for job immediately you pass your IELTS/OET and your CBT. There are varieties of places you can work in UK, you can work in Care Home, Publicly funded NHS, Private NHS, Special Clinics,etc.

You can apply to work directly with the Hospitals or Care Homes or apply through agencies. Some of the agencies recruiting for UK hospitals and Care Homes include Nurses2Britain, HCL Permanent, IANS, IMHR, Medacs, Insignia Global, MMA to name a few. You can get their website and contact details through a quick Google Search. Note that these agencies won’t collect any money from you as they are paid handsomely by your employer. If any agency ask you to pay, they are trying to cheat you just dump them and go to another agency.

If you can’t get any agency to sign you up go to any of the following site, register and start applying for jobs free of charge:

  1. Trac Jobs
  2. NHS Job Portal
  3. Care Home Jobs
  4. Elysium Job Vacancies
  5. Indeed
  6. Monster

Tips for Applying for Jobs

  1. Apply for as many jobs as possible
  2. Apply for posts closing very soon
  3. Highlight your strengths and experience as it relates to the job you are applying to in your supporting statement.
  4. Continue to monitor your email for interview invites

Low Cost/Inexpensive Areas of England

Also apply for jobs in low cost areas as getting a job in an expensive area can hurt your pocket. Use the job search filter to your advantage, the following are low cost areas you:

Chester among others.

Generally, North of England, West Midlands, North Midlands among others are cheaper in England.

High Cost/Expensive Areas of England

The following are the most expensive part of England:

  1. Cambridge
  2. Surrey
  3. Bristol
  4. Bradford
  5. Sussex
  6. Oxford
  7. Brighton
  8. Swansea
  9. Kent
  10. Birmingham
  11. East sussex
  12. West hertfordshire
  13. Slough
  14. Reading

After getting an offer your employer will issue you an offer letter containing the offer details and what they will be paying for. Tomorrow I shall write a comprehensive note on what you should look out for in an offer. You will be initially employed as a Band 3 or 4 nurse also known as HCA with a salary range of between £19,000-£21000 per year. You will be upgraded to a band 5 after passing OSCE and your salary raised to between £24,000 to £35,000 depending on your trust, years of experience or care home. Check out my post on what you should look out for in an offer.

After getting your offer letter, go to the UK Salary calculator and calculate your monthly take home.

Then go online to check the cost of accommodation online or on Zoopla or Right Move using the post code of the hospital you will be staying so as to get a rough idea of the cost of accommodation in the area.

After accepting an offer, you can then proceed to submit all the required documents for the issuance of your Certificate of Sponsorship called COS.

Congratulations! You are almost in UK. Next is to apply for Visa. You will need to have the following document handy before you go for your biometrics. You can upload them yourself or pay for assisted service.

Document for VISA

  1. CBT evidence
  2. COS
  3. Offer letter
  4. Nursing certificates
  5. Police clearance
  6. IELTS
  7. Birth certificate
  8. International passport
  9. Licence
  10. Document checklists
  11. TB test certificate
  12. Marriage/divorce certificate if applicable

To apply for visa use this link

Your Partner/Spouse can apply using this link

Your child/children can apply through this link

To learn how to complete the visa application read mu guide on Tier 2 Visa application for Nurses

Tuberculosis Test for Visa

  1. Kindly follow the instructions below to book your tuberculosis appointment if you are in Nigeria:

1.Click this link:

i. Sign up first
ii. Verify email address
iii. Log in and start the process
iv. Select a location (either Abuja or Lagos).

  1. Phone calls or emails about booking will be referred to the link above.
  2. For a successful booking, a reference number will be generated. (Please take note of it as it will be required for any further support)
  3. in the event of a family booking, kindly book for every member of your family as only successfully booked Applicants with a reference number will be attended to on the appointment date.
  4. If you experience challenges in booking, please send an e-mail to ; or describing the challenges for further assistance.

You can check my other post on how to book a flight, how to book covid test for Day 2 and Day 8 in Uk while under isolation, how to obtain your Uk driving license among others. If you like this post you can share it among your friends and bookmark it.

NCSBN Makes Modifications to NCLEX-RN From Oct. 1, 2020, Abolishes R.O.O.T Rules

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NCSBN introduced several carefully evaluated and tested
modifications to the NCLEX examinations.

To ensure the reliability and legal defensibility of the exam, NCSBN conducted numerous simulations
and comparisons against historical NCLEX results along with continuous evaluation of the modifications to the exam put into place during the COVID-19 pandemic. All modifications and live exam results confirmed the consistency of measurement properties and did not identify any negative impact on candidate results or testing experiences.

These modifications are set to expire on Sept. 30, 2020. Based on the continued statistical and
psychometric strength of the modifications, NCLEX exams will retain some of the characteristics of the modified exam while reinstating some of the essential aspects of the exam that were put on hold because of the pandemic. The exam will continue to utilize the computer adaptive testing (CAT) methodology for administration and scoring. The NCLEX Test Plans will remain the same and the passing standard will not change.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, the following modifications will be made to both the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN examinations:

• Pretest items will be reintroduced. Each candidate will get 15 pretest items in their exam.

• The minimum number of scored items will be 60, and the maximum number of scored items
will be 130.

• Due to the addition of the 15 pretest items, the minimum length exam will be 75 items and the
maximum length exam will be 145 items.

• Examination time will be five hours.

• Given the changes to the maximum exam length and the testing time, the current Run Out of Time (R.O.O.T) scoring rule is no longer applicable.

§ The final ability estimate will be computed from the responses to all completed items. Those scoring above the passing standard will have a passing exam, otherwise the exam will be scored as a fail.

• The voluntary NGN Special Research Section will be reintroduced. § We encourage all candidates to participate in this important research effort for the nursing profession. Additional information about this important research can be viewed at NGN FAQs.

• The NCLEX Tutorial will be replaced with a general guide and test taking tips.

§ All candidates are strongly encouraged to take the online tutorial to practice with the item types prior to sitting for the exam.

If you have any specific questions about the examination changes, please contact NCLEX
information at

How to Become a Registered Nurse in New Zealand/Australia: My Experience by Walex

This is an ongoing post by Walex on shared by permission

Good morning everyone I’m back. I’m Walex and will be taking us through the process of how to practice as a nurse in New Zealand.This thread is going to be based on my personal experience, I will provide you with dates, cost, timelime etc like I did during my USA Nurse registration journey back then.

About Me

I’m Walex by name from Nigeria. I’m a Registered Nurse in Nigeria. I later pursued my USA Nurse registration and got registered as a Nurse in USA but due to the visa ban on Nigerians I decided to move to the UK. I’m presently a registered nurse in UK and work in one of the NHS Hospitals in England.

I had plans of moving to Australia before and I just rekindled that dream. However, due to the recent change in the Australian licensure process I figure out it won’t make sense to waste such a whole lot of money on the Australian process. I have therefore decided to register as a nurse in New Zealand and after that will endorse my licence to Australia.

I will be providing detailed process of the application process and update you on the progress thus far. if you have a question please don’t hesitate to drop it down below.

New Zealand Nurse Registration Requirements

1. You Must have a University Degree in Nursing (BSC NURSING)
2.Pass IELTS at recommended level. New Zealand accepts Academic IELTS.A minimum of 7 in speaking, listening, writing and reading is required. You can combine IELTS result (IELTS CLUBBING) provided the tests are taken within 12 months of first sitting. New Zealand also accepts results that are not more than 3years old as at the time CGFNS submit your report. If you are registered as a nurse and working in UK, USA or Canada, you don’t need IELTS result. For more explanation on this read

3. Must have at least 2years working experience

Registration Stages

Stage 1: Credentials evaluation process through CGFNS. This involves creating an account with CGFNS, completing the application form, uploading your passport, etc  after that pay the application fees of 300 dollars. Note that the link is not through the normal CGFNS page for USA, I will include it below.

Step : Get approved, download the forms and send to appropriate authorities who will send them to CGFNS address in USA after completing them.

Stage 3: When the verification is completed, it will be sent to The Nursing Council New Zealand (NCNZ) who will invite you to apply.

Stage 4: You may need to undergo a 6 weeks program dined Competency Assessment Program. If you had worked in Canada, UK and USA as a nurse, you will be exempted from this.

After that you will have jour licence and you can now begin to look for work.

Step 5: For me and others who are doing this because of Australia, you will just make payment to Australia Nursing Board and your New Zealand license will be endorsed.

Now let me begin to gist you about my journey

Oops sorry this is coming late. I actually typed everything that night I posted the above but was logged out before I could post so I lost the epistle to the people of Rome I typed, I nearly cried.

Now let me get started

I created my account using this link Register and had to complete several pages laidat. The profile page asked about my basic information, license page asked about all the licences I have so I listed Nigeria, USA and UK license. You will need the date you took the exams and the date you are registered etc Then followed by my Schools, you will be required to complete all schools you have attended right from primary school to your secondary school and the date you graduated, the name you graduated with etc. Then you need to list all your previous employer (I listed my Nigeria and UK employers). Then all professional CPD you have attended with dates you started and completed etc.

An area that is tricky is the identification page where you need to upload 2 forms of notarized identification. For me I uploaded my international passport and UK govt issued identity card. I first made a colored photocopy of the 2 identity cards and then went to the nearest post office in my area (South Bermondsey Post office in London) to have it notarized, it cost me approximately £13.

I uploaded only the notarized document (and not the original ones).
I completed the ielts section by including my TRF number and exam date. (I sha include my ielts despite I will be exempted).

After completing the application form, I made payment of 300 dollars and submitted my application form on the 25th of August, 2020

Immediately after payment I received an email from CGFNS telling me that my application has been received and wait until it is approved before doing anything. About 4 hours later I received an email that my application has been approved that I can now proceed to download the forms and send them to their respective places.

I logged in and nearly fainted at the amount of documents I need to download, I was like I don enter gbege for cgfns hand ó they sha wan help me spend my money 😝.

Employer verification form (both UK and Nigeria), Nigeria license verification, UK license verification, USA license verification, School of Nursing transcript request form and my University transcript request form. I sha download everything sha.

On 26th of August, 2020 I logged in and my IELTS status has changed to meets requirement.

My identity document status has changed to Ready for Evaluation but I saw a form to be completed by me in the presence of notary so I emailed cgfns, within 2hours they replied that it is only applicable to people who used online notary.

 26th of August, I contacted my school of Nursing, my UK and Nigeria employers to help complete my forms

28th of August, 2020 I logged into my UK NMC account and requested for the verification document to be sent to CGFNS, I paid £34 and the certificate was issued almost immediately

On Monday 31st of August, 2020 I will work on Nigeria verification and my University Transcript. For Texas Board of Nursing verification, I honestly don’t have any idea how I can go about that. I will email cgfns and ask whether they can accept to check my licence online using the Nursy website. If you know how to go about it please let me know. Bye for now

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Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria Slashes Verification Fees to ‎₦17,500

Nigerian Nurses aspiring to move to United Kingdom to work can now do so without breaking their banks as the Nursing and Midwifery Council has slashed verification fees by 67.3% (from ‎₦53,500 to ‎₦17,500) has learnt. The fee was slashed last week according to multiple sources who were privy to the change.

Recall that posted last month that NMCN is in the process of reviewing the verification fees for UK verification See

Speaking on the new verification fees, a source within NMCN office says this new verification fees is only applicable to those who are under the new UK NMC process as the process is solely online. Applicants who are under the old UK NMC registration process still have to pay ‎₦53,500. Other Nurses seeking verification to other countries have to pay the ‎standard verification fees of ₦53,500. It currently takes NMCN between 1 day to 6 weeks to send your verification based on the experience of those who have gone through the verification process

Requirements for Verification

Applicants can submit the following document to any of NMCN office Nationwide

1.   Remita Payment Receipt
2.   A copy of birth certificate
3.   A copy of your license (front and back)
4.   A copy of your certificate of registration (Issued by NMCN)
5.   Handwritten Application (with your UK NMC application number written on it for those under the new system)
6.   Printed UK NMC Verification form (for those under the old system only)

How to Pay Nigeria Nursing and Midwifery Council Verification Fees

Go to Remita page click this link

 Complete it as follow:
Who Do you want to pay: Write Nursing and Midwifery Council
Name of Service or purpose: Pick Verification Fees
Payer: Your Name as it appears on your Nursing Council Certificate
Description: You can leave it blank or type anything like license verification to UK NMC
GIFMIS Code: Just Leave Blank if you don’t know
Amount to Pay: For UK NMC online verification input ‎₦17500, for UK NMC verification (those under the old system and verification to other countries) put ‎₦53,500

Complete other parts of the form putting your name, email and phone number

How do you want to pay: Pick bank branch or Online payment. Then fill the captcha and hit the submit button.

If you pick bank branch as method of payment, a code will be displayed after you hit the submit button. Copy the code and proceed to bank to make payment. When you get to the bank, tell them you want to make payment via Remita and that you’ve already generated your Remita number. Complete a Teller and make payment then collect a copy of the Teller with Computer printout. For online payment, use your card details to make payment online and print out the receipt.