To be admissible to the U.S. as a permanent resident, the foreign-trained nurse needs a certificate of competency.
To obtain the certificate of competency, the nurse must pass both the Commission of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools
Qualifying Exam and the Test of English as a Foreign Language
(TOEFL)& (TSE) exam or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The CGFNS exam is given three times a year at more
than 40 exam centers throughout the world. Alternatively, the nurse must have a full and unrestricted license to practice
professional nursing in the state of intended employment, which entails the nurse passing the
Council Licensure Examination
(NCLEX) examination and attaining licensure as a registered nurse.
Although some States doesn't require CGFNS but NCLEX (such as California) the majority of states, however, require foreign-trained nurses to first take the CGFNS Qualifying Exam. You will be taking the
NCLEX exam upon your arrival to the U.S.. This exam is a similar exam to CGFNS.