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Foreign Nurse Relocation

Foreign Trained Nurses are nurses who were trained and licensed outside of the United States. Foreign Trained Nurses are able to work in Massachusetts once they have demonstrated the necessary educational and competency requirements.

One of the best resources in our state to assist foreign educated nurses or nursing students is the Boston Welcome Back Center.

This Massachusetts' initiative is focused on assisting nurses from around the world to obtain their licenses and\or additional education in Massachusetts. The program is an educational consortium consisting of Bunker Hill Community College, MassBay Community College, Roxbury Community College, UMass Boston and the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.

The Boston Welcome Back Center assists individuals with developing a career path plan that builds on each nurse's strengths, skills, experience and education. Individualized support may include assistance with the Massachusetts licensure process, Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS), Professional Credential Services Inc. (PCS), educational support, ESL, volunteer opportunities, and a variety of groups here at the Center.

For More Information Contact
The Boston Welcome Back Center
Bunker Hill Community College
Charlestown Campus, Room B206B
250 New Rutherford Avenue Boston, MA 02129
Phone: 617-228-ICAN or 617-228-4226
Fax: 617-228-2397
E-mail:

With funding from the U.S. Department of Labor the Boston Private Industry Council has created a very useful Step by Step Guide to the Nursing Licensure Process for Nurses Educated Outside of the United States This printable document can be accessed on their site using this link, Return to Nursing.

The MCN Resources Database and the following list of resources provide additional information for foreign trained nurses.

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing
Licensure Requirements

The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)
CGFNS is an immigration neutral, non-profit organization that serves to verify the credentials and competency of foreign educated nurses who wish to practice within the United States.

Some of the specific information offered by the Department of Immigration is:

Social Security Administration
This site provides information on Social Security Numbers and how to obtain one.


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