Five Easy Steps for NCLEX RN Application for New York State

NCLEX RN Application for New York State

Unlocking Opportunities: The Easiest State for Foreign Nurses to Apply for NCLEX

The easiest way to apply for NCLEX in the United States for Filipino nurses is through the state of New York. I find it simpler compared to other states, no need to take the CGFNS, no additional credits needed, no need for SSN, and best of all the application is done online. Everything is mostly online, so you can even apply for NYS NCLEX from the Philippines.  Let's go!

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Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to apply for NCLEX-RN for New York State as a Foreign Nurse

I have a Social Security Number (SSN) as I've already migrated to the US, however, my friend from the Philippines didn’t have one but he was able to get his papers done. He was the one who encouraged me to process my papers after he got his approval from NYS to take the NCLEX-RN Examination. 

This post is based on my experience. I’m not an agent or an agency that processes NCLEX Examinations. For more detailed information you can visit the NYSED website. 

This guide also provides information on How to apply for the New York NCLEX Examination for Filipino Nurses.

1. Download Two Forms: Nursing School and Licensing Authority at the NYSED website

For Filipino Nurses, these forms will be for the University or Nursing School and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) in the Philippines.

This form is for nurses who graduated outside of the United States.

For Filipino Nurses:
Fill out the form, print it out, and ask your University in the Philippines to send your nursing credentials straight to New York. You cannot send them your papers, only your school can do it for you. If you live abroad, you send an Authorization letter to your family and ask them to process your papers. All they need to do is bring their Authorization letter and the forms to the Registrar's office and from there the school will know what to do. Pay your fees and they will send your papers to New York. 

This form certifies your nursing license in your country.

For Filipino Nurses:

  • For PRC processing, give the authorization letter to a family member who has a PRC license as they are the only ones who can process your papers. I’m not sure why they have this rule, just take note of this information.


1. All forms must be submitted by your University and the Licensing Authority Board in your country.  All your nursing credentials must be translated into English.

2. Read the sections carefully and only sign where you're asked to sign. 
Triple-check if possible.

3. The address is written at the end of the form for your school or the licensing authority to send it via snail mail, no electronic documentation will be accepted. 

For Filipino Nurses: Most Universities in the Philippines are pretty much oriented on how to do this as a lot of us nurses are applying for different licensure examinations abroad. Even the PRC office is well-informed about the process.

4. Process the two forms first as International delivery takes time, giving the school and the licensing authority time to produce your credentials and send them to New York.

2. Take Two Mandatory Examinations

  • Child Abuse Certification
  • Infection Control Certification

Each certification costs 30 USD. I took both certifications with Access Continuing Education. After I received my certification of completion then proceeded with the online application.

3. Fill out an online application 

June 2021

I applied online for the licensure and paid a registration fee of 143 USD.


a. Complete all the required information for the application. Do not add unnecessary certificates or papers as that might delay the process.

b. I've only attached four documents: 

1. Child Abuse Certificate of Completion
2. Infection Control Certificate of Completion
3. High school diploma
4. Nursing diploma.

c. Take note of the Application number as you will use this to check the status of your application. After the online application, you will receive an email receipt from the NYSED for completing your application.

4. Check the status of the application

There is only one way to check the online application and that is through the Contact Us Form. Make sure to allow 6 weeks upon receiving the receipt of your online application in the email before inquiring about the status of your papers.

Sit back and relax. 

5. Approval email and Register for NCLEX Examination

Dec 2021

  • I received my Approval email to take the NYS NCLEX Examination through email. It took around 6 months to get the approval. 

What happens next after you receive your approval?

  • You can now register for the NCLEX Examination online, visit: Pearsonvue, or contact via phone (866) 496-2539.

  • After registering online you will receive your ATT (Authorization To Test) email for you to schedule your examination.


1.  The NYS NCLEX eligibility to take the Examination does not expire

2. There is no required time and date to take the test upon receiving the approval.

3. You can take the examination at any testing site offered by Pearsonvue; it does not have to be in New York State.

Also, check out: Five Easy Steps On How To Register For NCLEX Exam in the Philippines

Please do your own research, forms may vary and may be updated. For more information visit NYSED

Preparing for the NCLEX Exam with Free Test-Like Questions

Before or after registering with Pearson, you can take advantage of Kaplan's free test-like NCLEX questions. This will give you an idea of what to expect on the test and help you mentally prepare.

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  1. Hi! I have just started my application process with your help. For step 1.B, I was able to do it myself. I've only applied for State Board Verification and all you need is Form 3F and a photocopy of your current PRC License. Then you just need to pay for the service (Php 75) and for the courier (around Php 2-3k depending on location). PRC will then be the ones to mail the needed files to US. :D

    1. Nice to hear that! I wish you all the best!

  2. Hi I read your blog regarding the five easy steps for NCLEX Rn application for New York State. And you says there, that after I received the eligibility in my email that's the time that I have to register in Pearson Vue then they will send me email regarding my ATT. However, what I did was prior to my eligibility application to NYSED, I made an account/registered in Pearson Vue. Is that OK if I made an account prior to my eligibility application? I'm just worried. I hope you answer me. Thank you and God bless.

    1. Hello Nors, Hope everything went well for you. I'm sorry for the late response your comment was in the spam section for some reason. In regards to your question, you can always create an account with Pearson but you won't be able to register for the exam without the ATT. Hope this helps.

  3. Hi Sis. Just passed my NCLEX last march 2024. I would like to show my appreciation to your blog. This solely helps me get through the registration process with ease. Salamat ng marami!!! Been sharing this to my colleages and friends whos planning to take the exam as well. THANKS AGAIN and God bless

    1. Hello Shanty, I'm sooo glad to hear that. You just made my day! Thank you for such kind words. Sending you all the best in your future endeavors! You go girl!