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PassportUSA Frequently Asked Questions


We receive a lot of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

These are some of the most common questions we see and answer:


Joining the PassportUSA Program

We are currently, primarily hiring registered nurses. However, we currently staff registered nurses, physical therapists, medical technologists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists in healthcare facilities all over the U.S.

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We work with candidates from all over the world. We currently have candidates in our program from over 60 different countries around the globe.

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You may apply at any time on our website, however, to qualify to join our program you must have the following:

  1. You must have passed NCLEX (does not need to be active).
  2. We require our registered nurses to have at least 1-5 years of previous experience performing bedside patient care as a nurse and you must be currently working in a hospital, performing bedside patient care at the time of your application. The length of experience required may be increased or decreased based on factors such as but not limited to:
    • Quality of hospital
    • Nurse-to-patient ratio
    • Client facility requirements or specifications
    • The relation between previous experience and future practice

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We require work experience because we want you to be successful here in the United States. If you came here with no current work experience, that would hamper your success. We want you to know that one of the main reasons Health Carousel, PassportUSA is so successful with prestigious healthcare facilities in the USA is because we provide quality service and quality healthcare professionals. We partner with wonderful facilities who will help our candidates thrive in their careers. We are very aware of the fact that our healthcare professionals are caring for ailing patients and it is our duty to make sure these patients are being cared for by competent healthcare professionals. We feel so passionately about this, that we require you to maintain your work experience during your visa processing so that we can confidently place you in a position where you will be successful at improving lives and making healthcare work better in the USA upon arrival.

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Nothing. We do not charge our healthcare professionals any fees nor will we take money from your paycheck once you are here. This is part of our commitment to you. We are making an investment into your life and career in the USA.

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Please go to to register with us.

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Visas and Licenses

The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is for the purpose of determining if it is safe for you to begin practicing as a nurse in a U.S. healthcare facility. You can only obtain a U.S. RN License after passing the NCLEX.

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Please click to read this article where we have detailed out the steps you need to take to apply for NCLEX.

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No. Once you have passed it, you will not need to take it again! The NCLEX allows you to obtain a U.S. State Nursing License and even though your U.S. State License may be expired, your NCLEX is not expired. PassportUSA’s professional licensure team will help you navigate the intricacies of endorsing your NCLEX to the U.S. State Board of Nursing where you will be assigned.

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We file the EB-3, Green Card visa for all of our nurses! It allows you to stay in the USA permanently and you will even have the opportunity to become a U.S. citizen eventually should you choose to do so.

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Yes! If you are a part of our PassportUSA team, we cover your visa filing costs, including your NVC visa fee bills.

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Yes, you can bring your spouse and/or children under the age of 21 with you. Since we encourage our healthcare professionals to bring their spouse and/or children with them to the USA, we also gladly file their eligible family members’ visa petitions! We do not charge you for the attorney’s fees associated with the filings however we do require you to pay us back for their associated visa filing fees (our attorneys will pay on your behalf to avoid delays in processing) before arriving to the USA. PassportUSA also allows you to bring them as soon as you deploy to the USA.

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IELTS and VisaScreen

The IELTS is the International English Language Testing System that the U.S. requires nurses to pass in order to obtain a VisaScreen Certificate which is required in order to obtain the EB-3 Green Card visa.

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No, you do not. Our PassportUSA IELTS Academy is set up exclusively for members of our program and they will have immediate access once they join! If you are a member of our team, we will pay for resources on your your behalf, you will have a coach to help you achieve results and we also have an IELTS Program Manager who will assist with remediation to make sure there is no learning gap to prepare you for taking your English exam!

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There are two types of IELTS however you will be required to pass the IELTS Academic in order to obtain your required VisaScreen certificate.

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It’s a certificate you receive for having a comprehensive screening service completed that evaluates your credentials, education and English language skills (IELTS). This certificate is required for healthcare professionals seeking an occupational visa to work in the United States. Applicants who successfully complete VisaScreen® receive an official ICHP Certificate for the VisaScreen and you will be required to present this certificate at the time of your official embassy interview.

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No, you do not. In fact, we are going to help you obtain both your IELTS and VisaScreen Certificate!

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The Immigration Process

For the duration of your journey to America with PassportUSA, you will have an associate who is dedicated to each stage of the process. They are professionally trained to handle each step and coach you through to success. They will let you know what documents are required at each stage, coach you through how to obtain them and be your constant support on this journey. They are committed to providing you updates regarding your application and processing.

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The fact that the U.S. immigration system can be affected by different policies, directives and administrations is the reality in which we live in the USA and no one knows this better than Health Carousel since we have successfully been in business over 15 years. For this reason, we are unable to guarantee a specific time frame that your visa petition will be filed and/or approved in. As always, we continue to remain committed to our candidates dreams to live and work in the United States and we know your commitment to us will pay off. Please remember that the immigration and placement process will vary for everyone. We deal with people, state boards, credentialing agencies and various governments (in the USA and abroad), which are all unpredictable. We cannot guarantee a timeline, but we can guarantee that we will get you here as fast as we are legally, and safely able to do so. It is our mission to fulfill your American dream and to improve lives and make healthcare work better in the USA. We will make this happen as soon as we possibly can, since getting you to the U.S. and started working is the only way our business is successful.

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U.S. Assignment

Your assignment location is determined by our prestigious client facilities. We submit your resume to our client facilities who have open positions that fit your skill set and if they decide you look like a fit for their team, we will schedule a time for you to interview with them. If the client facility feels you are a good fit for their open position and they extend you an offer, this will be your assignment location. For this reason, we will not know the geographic location of your future worksite at the time you sign the agreement. As soon as it has been determined, we will disclose the location to you. We currently place healthcare professionals at 130+ prestigious healthcare facilities in 35+ different U.S. states!

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Because we want to ensure that you are successful in your new position, we provide our nurses with transition-to-practice courses before they start work and you will also go through orientation at your assignment location. You are paid for your orientation period at your assignment location.

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Yes! We feel so passionately about patient safety that we even invested in hiring a Chief Nursing Officer and internal nurse managers with decades of experience to support our medical professionals when they need clinical support. We have an online learning management system and transition-to-practice training so that you will flourish in your new work environment. These are trainings that U.S. nurses rave about and are often too expensive for them to sponsor by themselves. Again, we are currently deploying more nurses in the United States than any other company and we are constantly investing in our nurses continued education and benefits plans here in the U.S.

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Deployment to the USA

Yes! We have an entire team of travel and housing specialists who will arrange the logistics of your flight and housing. They will create a detailed itinerary for you and make sure someone from our team will be available to meet you when you arrive.

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Yes! Get ready for a warm welcome from one of our PassportUSA team members who will personally welcome you and give you the best arrival experience possible when you land on U.S. soil.

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Life in America

The weather varies by location and season. Please read our article here.

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U.S. nurses are treated well with growing, respectable careers and healthy work environments. Teamwork and collaboration are appreciated, and opportunities are available for career advancement and higher education.

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Nursing jobs in the U.S. offer competitive pay and benefits. Oftentimes our employees send money back to their families in other countries and have disposable income for savings and leisure activities.

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Some of the benefits we offer are:

  • free visa sponsorship
  • an arrival coordinator that will personally assist you during your first few days in the USA
  • an International Employee Supervisor during the entire course of your U.S. work assignment and a Health Carousel Clinical Nurse Support Team
  • continuing education allowance
  • paid time off
  • cell phone plan
  • 401(k) retirement options
  • insurances such as life, medical, dental, vision, long-term and short-term disability, professional liability, cobra insurance availaibility after contract
  • employment assistance program
  • and much more.

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Yes, you will have a dedicated International Employee Supervisor that will act as your liaison and assist and guide you throughout the duration of your time with PassportUSA with work and non-work related inquires. We also have a clinical nurse support team who is also here to assist you during your time with PassportUSA as well if you feel that you need extra clinical support or enrichment tips for your development. Our clinical nurse support team is comprised of our nurse manager team who together have more than 30+ years of nursing experience.

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It depends on the visa you are on. Read our article for further details.

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For more information about the American Education System, check out this article here.

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To check out our main FAQ page, click here.


If you are ready to learn more about the PassportUSA commitment and our program that sets you up for a successful life and career in the United States, apply for PassportUSA today!

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Understanding the Difference between ASCP and ASCPi Certification for Med Techs


For medical technologists looking to move to and work in the United States, ensuring that you have obtained all necessary certifications is one of the first steps in your journey. As an MT, you will need to have secured certification from one of two different boards: the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) or American Medical Technologists (AMT).

The more common certification utilized by MTs who work with PassportUSA is obtained via the ASCP.

About ASCP Certification

An ASCP credential proves to potential employers that you are professionally competent among new and practicing personnel. Attaining this certification demonstrates that your knowledge and experience meet the highest standards of the medical technologist profession.

The ASCP offers over 20 professional certifications. To qualify for technologist certification, candidates must have at least a bachelor’s degree in biology or chemistry, as well as clinical laboratory experience.

Why International MTs Need ASCPi Certification

As an MT residing in a country outside of the United States, you will need to obtain ASCPi certification rather than the normal ASCP (for current U.S. residents). While ASCPi certification is recognized in an equal manner to the ASCP by potential employers in the U.S., the certification process is different. Here we walk through the steps of the international certification process:

1. Meet the eligibility requirements for MTs. They can be viewed by clicking here.

2. Complete the online application form. (See a video for this process here.)

3. After completing the application, you should receive an email with instructions on how to retrieve your admission notification in your online ASCP account (created during the application process) to take the examination on a computer at a Pearson Professional Center within a three-month period.

4. Schedule your appointment to take the exam. Again, this should be within three months of receiving your admission notification.

5. Take your exam at the Pearson Professional Center of your choice. You will get your preliminary pass/fail results immediately after completion.

6. After the exam, you should receive an email to log in and view your final scores.

7. If you passed the exam, you will receive a certificate within 6-8 weeks, as well as a Credential Maintenance Program booklet containing info on maintaining your certification.

Questions about ASCPi?

If you have questions about ASCPi certification, register with PassportUSA today to get in touch with our team.

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U.S. Lab Director Interview: Review of Foreign-Trained Medical Technologists


At PassportUSA, we find immense value in the feedback we receive from our healthcare facility clients who hire our foreign-trained medical technologists, RNs, and PTs. Doing so helps us to not only improve the experience for the client, but also for the healthcare professionals we employ.

Below are excerpts from a recent interview with a lab director at one of our partner healthcare facilities who has firsthand experience with PassportUSA medical technologists. She discussed both her experience working with foreign-trained MTs and the factors that led to hiring international employees.

PassportUSA: Based on your experience, how do you feel foreign-trained medical technologists compare, clinically-speaking, with MTs educated and trained in the U.S.?

Client: I have a great deal of respect for the MTs we have contracted with from PassportUSA. They are very knowledgeable and learn new processes quickly.

PassportUSA: How has your full-time staff received the MTs from PassportUSA? How would you describe the overall interaction?

Client: The MTs we have hired through PassportUSA have become an integral part of our team. There is not any distinction of “them” and “us.”  My team is very happy to have them on board and find the techs easy to work with.

PassportUSA: How have your foreign-trained medical technologists adapted to the technology used in your labs? What systems do you use and did they have experience with this before coming to the U.S.?

Client: We have not had any problems with the techs learning our instrumentation. We have Abbott ARCHITECT, Siemens blood gas, Sysmex XN, ACL TOPs, VITEK 2, and Criterion. We recently switched to new coagulation analyzers and they were very quick to adapt.

PassportUSA: What are some benefits you’ve noticed about employing foreign-trained MTs?

Client: [Their] willingness to accept new challenges and to adapt to different environments. They are well-trained and dependable.

PassportUSA: What were the factors that led you to choose to use international MTs? (ex.: Facility growth, retirements, unable to find qualified candidates)

At the time, I was unable to hire qualified candidates and had a large turnover due to payscale, new LIS, and employees relocating to other states. Since then, we have increased payscale and have been able to take the time to find qualified candidates for other positions.

PassportUSA: Do you feel like foreign-trained MTs from PassportUSA have sufficiently solved your staffing needs?

Client: Yes.

PassportUSA: How likely would you be to recommend MTs from PassportUSA to other healthcare facilities around the country?

Client: I have recommended PassportUSA MTs to other hospitals experiencing staffing issues and will continue to do so.

U.S. HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS: If you are looking for a cost-effective, temp-to-perm medical technologist staffing solution, please connect with our Business Development Team.

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Recent Welcome Wednesdays

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Visa Bulletin

Visa Bulletin

The Visa Bulletin for February 2020 is out, and the EB-3 priority date for nurses in the Philippines has moved forward to June 1, 2018. This is the opportune time to pass NCLEX and IELTS (if you have not done so already). Here are some other notable items from the...

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