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Promoted to Charge Nurse and Exceeded Expectations – Kara Leah, PassportUSA Nurse Alumni

Promoted to Charge Nurse and Exceeded Expectations – Kara Leah, PassportUSA Nurse Alumni

PassportUSA is honored to have employed Kara Leah, a registered nurse, who has now reached the end of her temp-to-perm assignment.

Kara Leah has achieved many of her top life goals such as purchasing a forever home, buying a brand new car, and exploring the beauty of the United States with her family. Click on this article to read more about Kara Leah's story.

Thriving In Success – Emmanuela

Thriving In Success – Emmanuela

PassportUSA is honored to have employed Emmanuela, a registered nurse, who has now reached the end of her temp-to-perm assignment.

Emmanuela arrived in the U.S. with her husband and two sons in 2016 to improve their quality of life. Emmanuela has achieved many milestones while residing in the U.S. She purchased a brand new car, transitioned to various units, and continues to thrive in her success. Click on this article to read more about Emmanuela's story.

An Exciting Adventure – Rheena

An Exciting Adventure – Rheena

PassportUSA is honored to have employed Rheena, a physical therapist, who has now reached the end of her temp-to-perm assignment.

Rheena has accomplished several personal achievements since she's been in the U.S since 2015. She got married in 2016, adopted a rescue dog, bought their dream house in 2018, and she had their first child! Wow, that's quite the adventure! Click on this article to read more about Rheena's story.

Miko: An Accomplished Physical Therapist With Ambition #ThankfulThursdays

Miko: An Accomplished Physical Therapist With Ambition #ThankfulThursdays

PassportUSA is honored to have employed Miko, PT for the last three years and he has now reached the end of his temp-to-perm assignment.

Miko exceeded his personal and professional goals in the U.S. He married the love of his life in 2019 and was able to bring her over to the U.S. in just a few short months. With the support of PassportUSA, Miko was able to complete his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree here in the states. He is proud to say that all of the amazing events during his assignment so far is attributed to the support of his family, PassportUSA, hard work, and patience!

PassportUSA RN Aaron Accelerates His Way to the USA

Chances are you have a relative or family friend that has been working in the USA as a nurse for some time. They probably inspired you to become a nurse to help patients and as a means to achieve your #AmericanDream. Most likely they also gave you advice on how to become a USRN. Their advice probably sounded something like this:

  1. Do well in nursing school.
  2. Graduate and pass the local board exam.
  3. Get to work as a staff RN anywhere you can.
  4. While working, study for and pass the NCLEX and IELTS exams.
  5. THEN if you have two years of nursing experience, find an agency that will help you get a visa and nursing job in the USA.

WOW! That is a lot to do on your own, but that’s the way most agencies still operate.

Here is Aaron’s story on how the PassportUSA ASPIRE program helped him pass needed exams and expedited his arrival to the USA.

Aaron’s USRN Career Began Much Sooner

Meet Aaron, who joined the ASPIRE program and has been working as a USRN in Louisiana since November 2019. Under the traditional pathway outlined above, he would not have even been able to interview with an agency until he had at least two years of experience after graduating from nursing school. That would have been in 2017. Yet, through the PassportUSA ASPIRE program, Aaron was able to interview with us in 2016, with one year of nursing experience!

We spoke with Aaron regarding his experiences and here is what he shared:

How did you hear about the ASPIRE program?

“I heard about the program from my classmates in the Philippines. They were interviewing with Health Carousel Philippines and I looked the company up on Facebook.”

How soon after graduation did you join the ASPIRE program?

“I joined the program about a few months after graduation. I wanted to make sure I joined early to begin my U.S. journey.”

Did you know agencies were helping new graduates to pass NCLEX?

“No, I did not know that. I am glad to have found Health Carousel!”

What perks made you decide to join the ASPIRE program?

“I liked the agreement that Health Carousel sent me. The conditions and benefits are acceptable and legitimate and they walked me through the agreement to make sure I understood every part. They also helped me with NCLEX and provided a lot of study resources.”

Would you recommend the ASPIRE program to other recent Filipino nursing graduates?

“Yes, I highly recommend the ASPIRE program to other recent Filipino nursing graduates because they will guide you to pass NCLEX and IELTS, and they will give you a lot of free study materials. You will have a dedicated coach that will keep you on the track to success. The entire staff is nice and they respond promptly. If you start early, the information is still fresh in your mind.”

Do you know anyone else that was or is currently in the ASPIRE program?

“Yes, one of my coworkers right now is also in the program. He is working in the U.S. now too.”

Why did you choose to work in the U.S.?

“I chose to work in the U.S. because of my aunt. She is already living in the U.S. and advised me to apply early to the program after I graduated from nursing school. She continued to motivate me throughout the visa process.”

Who do you want to thank for encouraging you to join the ASPIRE program and why?

“First, I want to thank my classmates for informing me about the ASPIRE program. Secondly, I would like to thank my family and of course, I would like to thank Health Carousel for assisting me throughout the visa process and helping me get to the U.S. to make my American dreams come true. I also want to thank myself for my personal patience and perseverance.”

How has your and your family’s life changed for the better now that you’ve been working as a U.S. nurse?

“Our lives have changed a lot! My brother is in the Philippines and is studying nursing. He is inspired by my story and aspires to come to the U.S. someday as well. Now I make enough to support myself financially and it is very self-fulfilling. I am proud to be a U.S. nurse and to be able to own things that I couldn’t afford before.”

What are three traits that make you a good U.S. nurse?

“I am patient because being a nurse takes a lot of patience with coworkers, patients, and their families. I am always curious and have a willingness to learn. I am also hard-working, because I will help out with other tasks if someone needs help.”

Aaron with his coworkers

Thank you, Aaron! We are proud to see how far you’ve come and look forward to seeing your nursing career progress.


Program Eligibility

The PassportUSA ASPIRE Program is offered to recent graduates of Philippine nursing schools and students enrolled in their final year of Philippine nursing schools.  We provide our ASPIRE candidates with access to resources to pass the NCLEX and IELTS examinations and will file for your visa as soon as you pass the NCLEX.

Aspire Program Details

Please note: In the Philippines, PassportUSA is recruiting through Health Carousel Philippines. License number — POEA-230-LB-103018-R. For manpower pooling only. No fees to be collected. Be aware of illegal recruiters and human traffickers.

Promoted to Charge Nurse and Exceeded Expectations – Kara Leah, PassportUSA Nurse Alumni

PassportUSA is honored to have employed Kara Leah, a registered nurse, who has now reached the end of her temp-to-perm assignment.

Kara Leah has achieved many of her top life goals such as purchasing a forever home, buying a brand new car, and exploring the beauty of the United States with her family. She is also proud to be actively involved in her community. In her free time, she likes to volunteer at her children’s school and at their local church. Kara Leah says she is very fortunate to lead a balanced work-life with her family and they look forward to creating more memorable experiences together.

Being given the chance to live and work in the U.S. has provided a brighter future for my family. My daughters are in one of the best schools in the state and they are excelling in their studies. The opportunities that are available to them are limitless and the ability for us to travel and discover new adventures is never-ending. These were dreams that I had and I thought they would never come true but now it’s our reality.” -Kara Leah

A Top Performer

While on assignment, Kara Leah surpassed her performance evaluations and was promoted to a Charge Nurse! She even won the PassportUSA August 2019 Employee of the Month contest for her enduring work ethic! Congratulations Kara Leah!

In her final performance review, the facility’s Clinical Supervisor commented:

“Kara has become a integral member of the night shift team. She is engaged in her unit’s success, and genuinely cares about her patients and her peers. She is involved in unit based committees and initiatives. She is professional in her interactions and takes feedback well from leadership. I will need Kara’s calm demeanor and support for her fellow night shift staff members. We have remained very busy this year. True leaders emerge from tough times. I want to challenge her to continue to be a leader on the unit by maintaining a positive environment, discouraging negativity, and promoting teamwork between shifts and between job classes. Kara is well-liked and respected by her peers on both shifts. She is kind and caring. She is a welcomed addition to our team!”

Reflecting on Her Journey

“I would like to take this opportunity to recognize Ruben, Jamie, and Katie for all the hard work you do, and for making all this possible. I would also like to mention the Health Carousel team in the Philippines, Liza, Kim, Mark, Neri, and Connie for guiding the way for me and my family in our move to the U.S.

During my first year with the client, I was approached by my nurse manager to participate in an interview with Reuters on the U.S. nursing shortage. It was an honor to represent the nursing community and at the same time be at the forefront of the biggest issue affecting U.S. hospitals.

My Health Carousel contract has ended but the opportunities continue to come. With hard work comes good things, and we are blessed to have acquired a permanent home and a brand new vehicle.

Four months before my contract ended, I was offered to be a Charge Nurse of our unit. It was a privilege to be considered for the position because this opportunity is hard to come by. To be trusted by your colleagues, and be recognized for the hard work and determination you give, is a reward in itself. To be asked by management to stay and work in this hospital after my contract has been humbling. It’s proof that my performance in the last three years has been exceptional. Thank you to my nurse manager for recognizing that I’m a team player, a mentor for new nurses, and for inviting me to be part of the Shared Governance committee of the unit.”

What’s next for Kara Leah?

Kara Leah enthusiastically accepted a full-time employment offer from the facility. We know she will continue to exceed her employer’s and patients’ expectations!


As I always say…“Live simply, walk humbly, love genuinely…and all that is good will come back to you.” -Kara Leah

Thank you, Kara Leah! We wish you the best of luck.

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PassportUSA RN Raymond Surpasses American Goals

Passing the NCLEX exam proves that you’re committed to achieving your #AmericanDream. The next step is finding a reputable agency to help secure your employment-based U.S. immigrant visa or recapture your existing priority date.

PassportUSA has expertly handled thousands of international nurse immigration cases. The PassportUSA Achieve program offers immigration filing services and test preparation resources to help you pass IELTS.

Here’s Raymond’s story of how the PassportUSA Achieve program helped him attain his EB-3 visa and a nursing career in the USA.

Raymond’s Opportunistic USRN Career

Raymond joined the PassportUSA Achieve program and has been working as a USRN in Virginia since July 2019. When we spoke with Raymond regarding his experiences, here is what he shared:

How did you hear about the Achieve program?

“I first heard about the program from one of my former colleagues in the Philippines. He completed the PassportUSA program this year and is still working as an RN in Tennessee.”

What made you decide to join the Achieve program?

“Being a nurse was already a part of my dream, and when I talked to my former colleague, he told me the program was a wonderful experience and that PassportUSA is a good agency to join.”

What kind of training did you utilize to pass IELTS?

“I utilized the free study resources that PassportUSA provided to me, such as online modules and videos. It was very helpful and flexible for my schedule.”

What training did you utilize to pass NCLEX?

“I enrolled in an in-person class for NCLEX review for about two months. I studied every day and took several online practice tests.”

Would you recommend other nurses to sign up for Achieve right away?

“Absolutely. I recommend nurses to be focused and then go for it because PassportUSA will be glad to help you.”

How did you feel the response time was for your inquiries regarding the program?

“The response time was great! They are very thorough and professional with their answers and they check on you from time to time to see how things are doing.”

What/who inspired you to pursue your American Dream?

“My sister and her husband moved to the U.S. in the early 90s. It was her childhood dream to become a nurse, so she enrolled in a U.S. nursing class, passed NCLEX, and she’d call me back in the Philippines and tell me about her profession so that influenced me to become a nurse as well.”

How has your family’s life changed for the better now that you’ve been working as a U.S. nurse?

“My life turned 180-degrees for the better. I am able to buy things I always dreamed of, such as a brand new car. Buying a house is one of the next major things on my wish list. I work a standard amount of hours here and have the opportunity for overtime. I have more leisure time to spend with my family and I lead a balanced work-life.”

What do you hope to accomplish in your U.S. nursing career and personal life within 5 years?

“I aspire to become a nurse practitioner and a nurse manager someday. I look forward to advancing my USRN career.”

What are the three qualities of yours that make you a good U.S. nurse?

“I am resilient to succeed in my goals, I am determined to learn more about my specialty, and I stay positive to not get bogged down trying to adapt to new protocols and technologies.”

Who/what motivates you currently to continue being a spectacular U.S. nurse?

“My family continues to motivate me. I am thankful for my wife and our son for being by my side as we venture further into our American journeys.”

Who do you want to thank for encouraging you to join the Achieve program and why?

“I really want to thank my former colleague from the Philippines for telling me about PassportUSA and for being a living testament to this agency’s success. I am so glad to be part of this program as well and we cannot thank you and PassportUSA enough. Kudos to you all.”

What advice do you have for candidates that are thinking about joining the program?

“Everyone should be 100% committed to what they want to achieve. It is normal to come across roadblocks to make you feel like giving up already, but that is normal for any goal. Once you get through all the hurdles, you will feel like you can accomplish anything!”

Raymond with his brand new car

Thank you, Raymond! We are proud to see how far you’ve come and look forward to seeing your nursing career progress.

Program Eligibility

The PassportUSA Achieve Program is offered to registered nurses who have already passed their NCLEX examination. NCLEX results never expire, so even if you passed NCLEX a few years back you still qualify. We also assist nurses that have been abandoned by a previous U.S. visa petitioner. We provide our Achieve candidates with access to resources to pass the IELTS examination and will expertly file for your U.S. visa after you pass IELTS.

Achieve Your #AmericanDream

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