The five countries with established permanent migration programs require an international RN (Filipino nurses included) to have the required English or language proficiency, IELTS being the most popular and widely accepted.


in addition, there are specific nursing regulatory bodies for each province (Canada) state or territory (Australia) or specific State (in the US).  The links to the regulatory bodies or authorities are shown here.


Australia - Registration through AHPRA for the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA); registration with AHPRA is required for both working and migration purposes.  Australian Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Council (ANMAC)  assesses the skills of internationally qualified nurses and midwives who want to migrate to Australia under the General Skilled Migration program. 


Canada - Good news for RNs with NCLEX. Starting January this year, Canada is using the NCLEX for registration purposes instead of the CRNE.  For the specific regulatory body (College of Association) click the next link -  Regulatory Board for RNs in each Canadian Province.  Watch the video of a client of Immigrant Visa Center (a Telehealth Nurse) who got her student visa and is now on the way to her permanent residency Canada now requires NCLEX not CRNE for Foreign RNs


New Zealand - International RNs must complete the Competence Assessment Programmes (CAPs) administered by the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ).  However, NCNZ advises that "there are limited employment opportunities for enrolled nurses to practise in New Zealand"  Filipino RNs who intend to migrate or pursue their career as Nurses in NZ find the Student to Resident option as the most viable alternative. Registration as RN in NZ


United Kingdom - Filipino RNs intending to practice in the UK must have their qualification, training and experience assessed against UK standards through the Nursing and Midwifery Council's Overseas Nursing Programme (ONP). Applicants would be assessed as having the necessary post-qualifying practice and experience in each area of nursing or midwifery


United States - To migrate under the 3rd Employment-based preference category (EB3), a Filipino RN must not only pass the NCLEX but also must have the VisaScreen Certificate  required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services whether for a working or immigrant visa. For a sample of a U.S. State licensure details, click here or mark, copy and paste- http://www.rn.ca.gov/applicants/lic-exam.shtml


Overseas Jobs from POEA Licensed Agencies  are available for RNs who wish to have international experience if migrating to Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the UK is being contemplated.  


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About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.


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