By Chris Musillo

On May 24, 2022, the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services updated their list of tests and scores acceptable for foreign healthcare workers. This full list can be found here.

Upon this HRSA update, CGFNS International, Inc. stated that starting August 1, 2022, CGFNS will accept additional English exams for the VisaScreen process. Currently, CGFNS only accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFLS) and International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) for the English exam requirement of the VisaScreen.

CGFNS will be issuing an announcement of the full details of the additional tests and score requirements on August 1, 2022. CGFNS has confirmed that they will accept the Occupational English Test (OET) and Pearson PTE Academic (PTE) for VisaSceen purposes starting August 1, 2022. CGNFS has also stated that they will accept PTE and OET exams taken before August 1, 2022, as long as they are still valid on August 1, 2022.

Acceptance of these additional English exams only applies to the CGFNS VisaScreen process, each state still has their own requirements for state licensure.