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Breaking News: Internationally Educated Applicants Can Now Submit English Language Test Results for Consideration

In a move aimed at streamlining the registration process for internationally educated nurses and midwives, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) has announced a significant update regarding English language proficiency requirements. Effective immediately, applicants can now submit valid English language test results following the receipt of their Decision Letter. This policy revision is set to expedite the registration process for healthcare professionals who obtained their qualifications in non-English speaking countries.

Understanding the Changes

Previously, applicants were required to demonstrate English language competency either through successful completion of an English language test or by undergoing compensation measures. However, this recent update offers greater flexibility by allowing applicants to provide their test results after receiving their Decision Letter, especially if compensation measures are required.

For those who do not need to undergo compensation measures, they can submit their test results once their qualifications have been recognized. This streamlined approach aims to simplify the registration process, facilitating a smoother transition for internationally educated healthcare professionals.

Key Requirements

It's important to note that evidence of English language proficiency is still mandatory for applicants who received their qualifications in non-English speaking countries and are seeking registration in Ireland. Test results must be no more than two years old at the time of submission, ensuring the validity and reliability of the language assessment.

Furthermore, nurses and midwives opting to submit their test results following the receipt of their Decision Letter must adhere to specific timelines:

  1. Compensation Measure Commencement: Applicants must commence their compensation measure within 12 months from the date of the Decision Letter, if applicable.

  2. Registration Application: The registration application must be submitted within two calendar months from the date of qualification recognition (provisional acceptance date).

While applicants have the option to defer submitting their test results, it's crucial to bear in mind that the results must remain valid when applying for registration. Failure to meet these requirements may result in delays or complications in the registration process.

Decision Letters Extension

To accommodate challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, NMBI extended the validity of Decision Letters issued on or after March 2019 until further notice. Applicants were given a three-month notice period to prepare for the end of this extension. However, Decision Letters issued after January 2023 hold a validity period of 12 months from the date of issue, with compensation measures required to commence within this timeframe.

The last batch of Decision Letters under the extended validity period is set to expire on April 1, 2024. Applicants who fail to commence their compensation measures by this deadline risk losing the opportunity to extend the validity of their Decision Letters.


The recent update by NMBI marks a significant step towards simplifying the registration process for internationally educated nurses and midwives. By allowing applicants to submit English language test results following the receipt of their Decision Letter, the board aims to expedite the registration process while maintaining stringent language proficiency standards.

Applicants are encouraged to stay informed about these policy changes and adhere to the specified timelines to ensure a smooth transition towards registration. With these revisions in place, NMBI reaffirms its commitment to supporting internationally educated healthcare professionals in navigating the registration process effectively.

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