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Foreign Trained Nurses / Midwives


Foreign trained Nurses / Midwives who wish to work in Singapore must be registered/enrolled with SNB.

You must have an offer of employment with eligible healthcare institutions (with inpatient services) in Singapore before SNB can consider your application for registration/enrolment.

The HR of the hospital/institution offering you employment must enquire with SNB via email on their eligibility to employ foreign qualified nurses. Once approved. HRs can then submit application for registration/enrolment on your behalf via online application.

For foreign trained nurses, to be eligible for application for registration/enrolment, you must have the following:

  1. Completion of a pre-registration / pre-enrolment nursing programme, which is equivalent to an accredited pre-registration / pre-enrolment nursing programme in Singapore (as assessed by SNB);
  2. nursing/midwifery registration from the country where you are trained; as well as
  3. current practising license as a nurse or midwife;
  4. relevant clinical nursing practice in home country within the past 5 years.

i) All documents submitted to SNB for application for registration/enrolment will be kept by SNB as documentary proof and are not returnable. Any request for copies will not be entertained.
ii) SNB does NOT work with employment agents.
iii) Agents are to work directly with the healthcare institutions’ human resource department.

Documents required for Registration/Enrolment Online Application

1) Passport photograph [PDF, 10KB]

2) Certified true copy of original documents, to be submitted in support of your application are:

  • Passport or NRIC (if applicable)
  • Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
  • Transcript of nursing education from training school/college/university (to include detailed breakdown of theory and clinical practice in hours or weeks)
  • Training certificate(s) / Graduation Certificates
  • Registration certificate
  • Current nursing license / practising certificate(s)
  • References/Work Testimonials from previous employer(s) to state the period of work, area of practice and work performance and must be written by Nursing Director/Head of Nursing 

i) Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by an accurate translation in English and certified by Justice of Peace, Notary Public from their country of origin.

ii) Documents certified as "true copies" of the original and bear the stamp "Certified as true copy of the original"

  • Must be initialled on every page of the document by the authorized officer (Justice of Peace, Notary Public or your employer, unless otherwise stated)
  • Must include the name of authorized officer (full name), signature, date of certification and healthcare institution stamp and the notarization must be made in English.

iii) Photocopies of previously certified documents will not be accepted.

iv) Copies which are not acceptable to SNB will delay your application.


The following SNB Fees are applicable:

a) Application Fee for Registration/Enrolment (to be paid upon online application)
b) Registration/Enrolment Fee (to be paid upon approval)
c) Application for Practising Certificate Fee (to be paid upon approval)

Verification of Registration

The following verification of registration is required to verify that you are registered as a nurse/midwife and that no disciplinary proceedings have been taken or are pending against you:

  • from the nursing registration authority in the country of your first registration, as well as
  • from the nursing registration authority in each country that you had practised nursing/midwifery (if applicable)

You are required to make the request with each nursing regulatory authority and the verification must be sent directly to SNB Operating Office, addressed to Registrar, Singapore Nursing Board.

Verification of Transcripts of Nursing Education

Verification of transcripts of nursing education is required to provide evidence that you have acquired the nursing/midwifery education that you have listed on your Application Form.

Transcripts Must include detailed breakdown for theory and clinical practice in hours or weeks.

You are required to make the request with the educational/training institution(s) and the transcripts must be sent directly to SNB Operating Office, addressed to Registrar, Singapore Nursing Board.

Application Process

The application for registration/enrolment process includes the requirement to:

  • sit for a Licensure Examination;
  • undergo a competency assessment; and/or
  • placed on provisional registration/enrolment.

Outcome of Application


The SNB will inform you through your employing healthcare institution of the outcome of your application after we have made our assessment.

Please note that we will not provide outcome of registration applications directly to individual applicants. Applicants are required to contact their employing healthcare institution.