Next Let me start of by saying that I intend to make this a thread to help others more on Filipinos but can be used as a general guide who want to pursue their nursing career abroad, specifically the United States, and need an unofficial guide. I am writing this guide through experience and it may or may not contain all of the information needed. Use this only as a reference since I will not be held responsible for any mishaps this may ultimately cause. Before you consider choosing the state where you intend to practice make sure you do a little research on the requirements since every state has their own rules and guidelines. Also, keep in mind that most of the states to date require a SSN so even if you are approved for the CES you may not be able to continue to apply to that state. You will also be required to create a login account and make sure you use your main e-mail account just to be sure that you receive all of their e-mails.
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In the Event of a Disaster The Credentials Evaluation Service Report helps qualified healthcare professionals demonstrate the merits of their credentials with regard to U.
Many organizations in the United States require a credentials evaluation to help them understand educational and professional credentials earned outside of the country and to make appropriate assessments.
Approximately one-half of the U. The CES Report analyzes the education and licensure earned outside of the United States by nursing-related professionals and compares this to U. This service does not include an examination. After all required documentation, fees, and a completed application are received and analyzed, CGFNS prepares a report and sends it to the recipient s that the applicant designates.
The applicant will also receive a copy of the report. Contact the organization the recipient that asked to receive your CES Report to find out which type of report is required. When we send your CES Report to the requested recipient s , we will attach a copy of your healthcare academic records. All information is explained in terms of U. What This Handbook Contains 1. Information on the Credentials Evaluation Service Program and process.
Authorization to Release information 5. There are many steps see Chart 1. Please read this entire booklet before completing any of the application forms. The detailed description of each step will help you to understand the complete program. CGFNS sends you an identification number. Prepare and send the Request for Academic Records Form to any nursing or nursing-related CGFNS reviews all academic records that we receive from your healthcare or post-secondary post-secondary schools that you attended outside the United States, asking them to send schools.
Check your status online at www. Respond to any the designated recipient. We also send you, the applicant, a copy of the report. All steps must be completed successfully. How to Apply The most convenient way for you to apply is online at www. Completing the application online may speed up your application process. You can also find an application form in the back of this handbook.
Please follow the instructions exactly and completely. How to Complete the Application Item 1. Indicate how you learned about CES. Indicate the title of your profession D. Fill in the name of the state or states where you plan to practice.
Fill in the name of the country where you worked, your profession and the number of years you worked in this profession. Item 3. Item 4. Other Names Please supply all names you have used in the past. This is necessary because CGFNS must be able to recognize all your documents, no matter what form of your name appears on them. Any variation of your name should be printed in this space.
This would include your birth name as well as different spellings, informal variations, abbreviations and different orders of your name. Include with your application any legal documentation or notarized affidavit s verifying your name change. For instance, if married, a marriage certificate or notarized affidavit should be attached. Item 5. Addresses a Enter the address where you reside. Current Marital Status Enter your marital status. Item 7. Birth Date Enter the month, day and year of your birth.
The month should be spelled out and not listed as a number. Item 8. Gender Enter whether you are male or female. Item 9. Citizenship Please list your country of birth and country of current citizenship. Please provide a citizenship identification number or identification number from country of birth, if applicable. Also list your native language and the country in which you received your initial professional education.
Item Social Security Number The U. Social Security Number is an identification number issued by the U. Please enter this number, if known. Include all schools, whether you completed the program of study or not, beginning with your primary school then secondary school and professional healthcare school. Check whether or not your education resulted in a degree. Explain any gaps in your educational history. CGFNS can only accept the transcript from the authorized issuing body.
Secondary School Diploma Include a clear copy of your secondary school credential. Examples of this would be: a secondary school diploma, results of an external exam, or General Education Development GED certificate.
It does not need to be notarized. Transcripts from secondary schools do not need to be translated by an official translator. If the letter is not in English, include a literal translation with a Certificate of Accuracy signed by the translator. Failure to answer the questions in Item 13 will result in a delay in evaluating your application.
Items 14a, 14b, 14c, 14d, 14e, 14f. This would include a state board of nursing, an educational institution, or a potential employer. For each recipient, indicate the type of report and purpose of the request. You automatically receive a copy of the report. It is not necessary to list yourself. Please note the CES report is used by U. If you are selecting an international recipient please provide a written explanation. All fees must be paid in U. Before your file can be reviewed, we must receive the full application fee as determined by the number of items entered in this section.
The fees cover the expense of processing your application, reviewing your credentials, preparing the CES Report and postage. Applications remain open for 12 months. Applicants who do not meet the requirements of the CES program within the first 12 months of their order may continue the service by applying for Re-Process and paying the associated fee. After reading it carefully, sign and date the form. By signing the form, you certify that no portion of the documents submitted to CGFNS on your behalf is falsified, altered or tampered with by any person.
CGFNS and others will rely on this application and on the documents and information submitted. If any portion of the application or documents submitted is falsified, altered or tampered with, or if you alter a CGFNS Credentials Evaluation Service Report or misrepresent a copy as an original, CGFNS may take any disciplinary action against you that it deems appropriate, including barring you from future participation in any CGFNS programs.
The consequences could adversely affect your professional license, immigration status, employment and other matters. Signature Sign the Application Form with the same name you indicated in Item 3 of the application. The Application Form does not need to be notarized.
Remember to send readable photocopies, not originals, of the documents CGFNS requests directly from you. Applications remain open for one year 12 months. Preparation and Mailing of Academic Records Form To give CGFNS the necessary information about your education, you will need to send one copy of the Request for Academic Records form to each healthcare or post-secondary school that you attended outside the United States to ask them to send us your academic records.
Enclose any payment that your school s may require including translation costs. We cannot accept records supplied by you or anyone else other than the school. If we receive foreign-language documents without an English translation, we can have them translated for the fee stated on the fee schedule, at your request. If you need to validate more than one registration or license credential, make photocopies of the blank form.
If you have a diploma that authorized you to practice in your country, send this form to the institution that issued your diploma for example, your school or the Ministry of Health and request that an official copy of the diploma in the original language be sent to CGFNS. Further information may be required after your file is initially reviewed. The Michigan Board of Nursing also requires proof of English Language Proficiency for applicants who graduated from a nursing school program that was taught in a language other than English.
Therefore, before anything is sent to CGFNS make certain that none of the material has been falsified or altered in any way. Changing Your Name or Address If you have changed your legal name, CGFNS can make the change in your application file when we receive your signed, written request with legal proof of name change. Requests to change your mailing address must be in writing or you may make the change online through the CGFNS website. E-mail requests for change of name and address will not be accepted at any time.
Applying to the Credentials Evaluation Service 1. What if I have never placed an order for the CES? What if I previously placed an order for the CES, but the order expired within the last year due to inactivity? If you previously placed an order for the CES, but the order expired within the last year due to inactivity, our website will prompt you to place a reprocess order. During the re-evaluation process, will I need to update any of the documents I previously submitted for my initial CES order? Depending on the documents under consideration, you may need to provide updated documentation.
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