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Timelines & Translations

To ensure fairness and equitable treatment of all applicants, every application is assessed individually.

As a result, the time required to complete the assessment process can vary from one applicant to the next.

Once the College has informed you that we have received your completed application form, it is your responsibility to ensure the timely delivery of all documentation and information requested by the College.

Please note the College makes every effort to acknowledge all written correspondence from applicants within 10 business days. If the request is one that cannot be addressed within those 10 business days, then the College will acknowledge receipt of the request and provide information about next steps.

The Assessment/Registration Process

Applicant applies to the College and submits payment. If applicable, the College receives application and report from National Nursing Assessment Service. Then the College reviews and acknowledges receipt of application, and informs applicants of next steps.

Up to 20 business days

Candidate completes all outstanding registration requirements. Varies; depends on requirements, availability of information, timing of registration examination, etc.

College confirms candidate has met all requirements; sends initial registration form

College receives completed initial registration form and fees; candidate is registered to practise in Ontario Up to 15 business days from the moment the College receives completed form and registration fees

Factors that may delay an internationally educated applicant’s registration include:

  • graduation from a nursing or practical nursing program that doesn’t meet entry-to-practice competencies
  • lack of evidence the applicant has practised nursing or graduated from a nursing program within the past three years
  • lack of evidence the candidate demonstrates language proficiency in either English or French 
  • submission of official documents in languages other than English or French
  • unsuccessful completion of the national registration exam
  • a statement on the Declaration of Registration Requirements that results in the candidate being referred to the Executive Director or Registration Committee for review
  • failure to produce other documents requested by the College in a timely manner.

Translation of documents

All documents submitted to the College as part of the application process must be in English or French. This includes documents that come to the College directly from the official source (e.g., course transcripts).

If the College receives documents from official sources that are not in English or French, then it will send copies of the document in question to the applicant, who will then be responsible for arranging translation of the document by an approved translator. Learn more about our translation policy.

Page last reviewed May 05, 2017