The VisaScreen: Visa Credentials Assessment Service is a screening program that requires specific health care professionals to complete a screening program before they can receive either a permanent or temporary occupational visa, including Trade NAFTA status: An assessment of an applicant’s education to ensure that it is comparable to that of a U.S. graduate in Read more →

English Language Proficiency

Unless the nurse was educated in an English-speaking country (U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, United Kingdom or Canada – all provinces except Quebec), she must achieve a  minimum score on tests in written and spoken English administered by TOEFL (Test Of English As A Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) or the TOEIC (Test of English in International Communications). If the RN was registered for the MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) before Nov. 27, 2002, the result may be sent to the CGFNS for VisaScreen purposes.

The passing scores for RNs on English exams are as follows:

IELTS: Academic Module or the General Training Module – 6.5, Overall Band Score, 7.0 for Speaking

TOEFL: Paper-Based 540; TOEFL Computer-Based 207; Test of Written English (TWE) 4.0; Test of Spoken English (TSE) 50.

TOEIC: 725; plus TWE: 4.0 and TSE: 50

For information about taking the TOEFL, IELTS and TOEIC examinations can be obtained from their web sites.

The passing scores for the MELAB are as follows: Final Score 79+; Oral Interview 3+.

Nurses from these countries are exempted from the English Language Examination: (more…)