Posted by: scribe9 | September 11, 2010

Jump through those hoops!

A British woman we just met spent today in Auckland, taking an English test. She wasn’t looking forward to it, because over the years she’s forgotten a lot of the grammatical nomenclature, as most native English speakers do. But she’s a nurse, and immigrant nurses have to take an English language test even if they’ve grown up in the UK, the US, or Canada (there’s a reciprocity agreement with Australia, of course) and spoken English all their lives. The UK has a similar rule. Nurses going into the US don’t have to take the test if born and educated in the UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), or New Zealand.

On the other hand, there’s plenty of paperwork for Rick going back to the US. He’s been licensed in Oregon for 30 years. Although he’s been out of the country for the past year, to reactivate his Oregon license he’ll have to go through FBI fingerprinting and a background check—even though he’s been out of the country for the entire past year, as no doubt the authorities could learn from the Immigration and Naturalization Service. I guess the fear is that he could have sneaked back in and gone on a crime rampage, then escaped to New Zealand and is now returning claiming innocence. Sheesh!



  1. At Portland State University, Julie’s job now includes dealing with frustrated Nigerians and others from Anglophone countries other than a favored few (Mother England, Canadia, and ??), who are required to take English as a Second Language classes, unless they test out with a qualifying score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language.

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