🌎 #1 NNAS: After all the documents submitted how long it takes to get the evaluation results?

Updated 2023

NNASHi Kim. How are you! I got so interested with the conversation you have on this site. My wife used to work as a nurse in Saudi Arabia and she’s already here with me in Canada. She had already her Account for NNAS and she just missing to documents wich is the identity and English proficiency. After all the documents submitted how long it takes to get the evaluation results? Can you Please give us also an idea what are the things we need to do regarding this application. E.

Dear E,

Thank you for your question, and comments. I like, in particular, how you wrote, “I got so interested with the conversations you have on this site.”  I am reading a book, right now, by Brene Brown. It is called Rising Strong. To me it explains a process I have experienced in my life and one that I see that every IEN must face when challenge with situations with becoming a nurse in Canada, to get up and rise strong after facing a personal challenge that fills oneself with shame: like failing an exam!

Anyhow, as I am reading this book. I feel as though I am having a conversation with Brene. I write comments in the margin, as if speaking to her in person. So, I like how you said that my posts are conversations. They are, indeed. Not only with the person I am writing to, but every other person out there that I have not met, and may never meet, but reads our conversation.

As for the stage your wife is in, many IENs, are in this same position. Before January 2021, when the CELBAN-CBT became available internationally: I recommend getting the English Proficiency score BEFORE applying to NNAS.

But now that IENs have more than 3 attempts on the CELBAN, there is no harm in taking the CELBAN now. That way you can:

  1. know where you stand when it comes to reading, writing, listening, and speaking. 
  2. get feedback on your strengths and weaknesses as feedback on speaking and writing so that you know what you need to improve upon to get the required scores.

When it comes to applying to NNAS, this means:

  • either you have to get the documentation in within the 12-month period, or
  • you will have to pay a fee to keep the file open.
  • See: Understanding NNAS

At the end of the day, as I am not affiliated with NNAS, I can not comment about the amount of time for the process, but I can share with you the answer on their website from NNAS FAQ below…


How long does the application process take? +

The application process may take up to 12 months to complete. How long it will take depends on:

1.     When NNAS receives all of your required information and acceptable documents.

2.     When you have successfully completed a language proficiency test (if required).

3.     When your documents have been translated (if needed).

Note: Your application will be active for up to 12 months. Once you receive your Advisory Report, you can apply to the regulatory body in the province of your choice. You may require more assessments and courses depending on the regulatory body you choose as they each have their own requirements and timelines for registration. It could take up to another 12 months for a decision to be made.

So, I can’t really comment on the process, but if you need help with the English requirements, especially when it comes to the CELBAN: I am here! You might want to check this out:

When should I register with the [National Nursing Assessment Services]?



P.S. The 2023 Update follows below⬇️⬇️.


UPDATE 2023:

Prior to October 2022, Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) were required to submit their English scores to NNAS along with other documentation. To quicken the process, πŸ“‹ NNAS no longer requires CELBAN or IELTS scores! 

Instead, the determination about whether or not you are required to submit an English score will come later, once you are registered with a provincial College of Nursing. Thus, the amount of time it takes to have your documents processed by NNAS has been shortened. 

How long it takes depends on:

1.     When NNAS receives all of your required information and acceptable documents.

2.     When your documents have been translated (if needed).

This is from NNAS FAQ:

The NNAS application process typically takes one year to complete, including about seven months compiling and receiving documents.

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