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International Licensure Applicant Requirements

The Board of Nursing requires an independent credential review by a Board approved agency to evaluate and verify that credentials earned from an international nursing education program is comparable or equivalent to those Board approved nursing education programs required for licensure as a Registered Nurse or Practical/Vocational Nurse in the U.S.  Refer to the tables below for details. 

Additionally, internationally educated licensure applicants whose pre-licensure nursing education program was not taught in English or English is not the applicant’s native language, are required to pass a Board approved English Language Proficiency (ELP) Exam.  An ELP exam must include the components of reading, speaking, writing, and listening.  Refer to the tables below for details. 

Board accepts the follwing ELP Exams & Scores:

  1. TOEFL Overall Score: 83; Speaking: 26
  2. IELTS Academic Overall Score: 6.5; Speaking: 7.0
  3. TOEIC Overall Score (Listening/reading): 725
  4. MET: Overall Score: 55; Speaking: 55

These are the profession/license types that are required to have an independent credential review. Click on the references for more information:


References (laws/regulations)

Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses

Virginia Code §54.1-3017      18 VAC 90-19-130        18 VAC 90-18-120

Virginia Code § 54.1-3040.3 (C) (Uniform Licensure Requirements)

Registered Nurses


The below table contains information required for nursing licensure applications submitted to the Board of Nursing. Please refer to the applicable Application Instructions for more information on how to submit the required information to the Board.

List Of VBON Approved Credential Evaluation Entities & English Language Proficiency (ELP) Exams (4/1/2024)





Website: CGFNS International, Inc.



  • RN/LPN ENDORSEMENT APPLICANTS ONLY - Board may accept CGFNS Certification Program Verification Letter, Credentials Evaluation Service Professional (CES) Report or ICHP Visa Screen.
  • ELP Exam results are required to be submitted to CGFNS If your program was not taught in English.
  • ELP Exam scores not required to be resubmitted to CGFNS for CP Verification Letter


Josef Silny & Associates (JS&A)

Website: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc (



  • ELP Exam results are required to be submitted to JS& A if your program was not taught in English.


SpanTran: The Evaluation Company

Website: SpanTran

  • ELP Exam results are required to be submitted to SpanTran if your program was not taught in English.

Note: Applicants are English Exempt if they were educated in Australia, Barbados, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Africa, Trinidad/Tobago, United Kingdom, United States (except Puerto Rico). An ELP score report does not need to be submitted to the Board with an ICHP VisaScreen or Visa4Nurses, applicable to Endorsement applicants only.



Virginia Board of Nursing
Jay P. Douglas, MSM, RN, CSAC, FRE, Executive Director
Cynthia M. Swineford, MSN, RN, CNE, President