Ultimate Guide: U.S. NCLEX Application and License Instructions for International RNs and LPNs

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NCLEX application can be hard for foreign and international nurses. Here’s a guide to help get you started! We’ve included links that help you go right to the instructions for those who went to nursing school outside of the United States.

Another part of this guide will teach you how to become an actual nurse in America – how to start the immigration, getting a work visa, permanent residency, and more.

See THIS guide if you need help with the Canadian NCLEX Application Process

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Keep in mind this is made as a reference guide, not as a primary source! For the most specific information to your case, please use the contact information to ask each Board of Nursing yourself. Either call or email to ask your questions!

Overall, becoming a nurse in America is made up of three steps:

Step 1: Applying with the State Board of Nursing where you will be practicing.

Step 2: Registering with Pearson Vue to schedule your NCLEX location and date. Registration costs $200, plus additional fees if you are taking the NCLEX outside of the U.S.

Step 3: Getting into the Country. This involves immigration, visas, and getting approval to stay and work in the country.

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