I am a foreign trained PT. I believe the process for all foreign trained PT applicant in the US are the same in all countries, whether you're from India, Vietnam, Philippines, China or Australia. This is the steps I took to be licensed here in the US.
1. I took the TOEFL iBT exam (to register go to https://toefl-registration.ets.org/TOEFLWeb/extISERLogonPrompt.do
then click sign up) . After getting the required score (which is a minimum of 21 on Reading, Listening, and Writing, and 26 on speaking according to USCIS),
2. I applied for a credential evaluation by FCCPT http://www.fccpt.org/
. I took Type 1 Credentialing. You can review each type of credentialing to fit your need. The credentialing process took 4 months to complete so I used that time to apply for AIN (you'll need this if you don't have a valid US Social Security Number). Just go here http://www.fsbpt.org/download/AINApp_20090105.pdf
, fill up the form and send it to the address mentioned in there. Also, you can use this time to review for the NPTE exam. After I received my credential report from FCCPT and my Visa Screen Certificate,
3. I emailed the State to which I forwarded my FCCPT report (you can find the contact number and/or email address of the State Board of PT in State you applied here: http://www.fsbpt.org/LicensingAuthorities/index.asp
)and asked what other requirements they need for me to be elligible to sit-in for the licensure exam. After completing those, they emailed me that I'm eligible to take the exam and told me to register for an examination at FSBPT, https://pt.fsbpt.net/ExamRegistration/
. After I registered, I printed my ATT letter and went to prometric website http://www.prometric.com/FSBPT/default.htm
and scheduled my exam. I don't think they offer NPTE exams outside US for security reasons. After that, I went here and took the exam. If you don't have a visa to go here, you have to find an employer that can sponsor you to take the exam. You will not have difficulty finding an employer once you have a Visa Screen Certificate. After passing the exam,
4. The State Board of PT that I applied to emailed me, saying I have conditional approval and all I need to submit was my valid SSN number then they will issue me a license number.
5. I sought an employer that is willing to sponsor me a working visa, because I only have a tourist visa, which I used to take the exam. When I was given a working visa, I went here and applied for a valid social security number. After getting my valid US social security number,
6. I submitted it to the state board that I applied to and they gave me a license number. Now this is where benjamins start rolling in if you know what I'm saying lol.....
This applies to foreign PTs that have no immigrant visa and willing to be licensed here in the US. For those of you that has an immigrant visa, I think you only need credential evaluation and NPTE exam. You don't need to take the TOEFL exam because TOEFL exam are used for Visa Screen Certificate, which is used for getting a working permit. I am not 100% sure on this but you can always ask the state your willing to apply for on how to obtain a license.
Hope this helps and good luck to all us PTs.