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Everything a Nurse Needs to Apply for VisaScreen

When applying for a visa in hopes of working as a nurse in the U.S., a RN must satisfy United States Federal screening requirements. One of the most common routes to accomplish this is through the VisaScreen service. This service includes an assessment of your...

Everything a Nurse Needs to Apply for VisaScreen
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U.S. Nursing Workforce Bulletin

The PassportUSA February 2017 RN WorkForce Bulletin has just been released and here are the details. Job Outlook: According to Indeed.com, the U.S. leading job posting aggregation website, there were 302,636 RN job openings posted across its network of job boards....

U.S. Nursing Workforce Bulletin
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Video: Immigration With PassportUSA

Have an American Dream of nursing in the US? Partnering with PassportUSA is the easiest way to make this dream a reality. This video explains the immigration process when you sign with PassportUSA
Video: Immigration With PassportUSA
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First 5 Aspire RNs Enter U.S Visa Filing

Last week PassportUSA filed its first five U.S. EB-3 visas for nurses enrolled in our Aspire program. Each of the candidates progressed through the steps of the Aspire program rapidly. The process began by registering with us, conducting an interview and then...

First 5 Aspire RNs Enter U.S Visa Filing

7 Common Mistakes Made During Visa Retrogression

Visa retrogression can spark panic and induce confusion. It’s as vague as it is final. With so little information available, it’s easy to widen your trust to any person or company that seems knowledgeable. Unfortunately, the chances of being scammed are greater than ever during a retrogression period.

While the aforementioned is true, staying the course is vital. PassportUSA has endured several visa retrogression periods, each one indiscernible from the other. Retrogression does inevitably end. And the people who follow this advice will be the ones in front of the line when it’s time to leave for America. Too many candidates remove themselves by making mistakes, the same mistakes we see during every retrogression period.

The following is a list of 7 common mistakes made during visa retrogression and how to avoid making them:

Mistake No. 1 – Losing Sight of Your Dream.

Staying motivated when your dreams have been placed on hiatus is easier written than practiced. We get that. Live for the moment, but don’t be imprisoned by it. There is life after retrogression. PassportUSA has experienced now three visa retrogression periods. And each time, we hear the same things: “It’s over,” “There’s no use,” and the most popular question, “What’s the point now?”

The point is to ensure you’ve done everything you can on your end, so that when retrogression ends, and it always ends, you’re at the front of the line and ready to resume your journey to the United States.

PassportUSA will recapture your existing EB-3 visa application.

Mistake No.2 – Doing Nothing

Staying with the theme of point No. 1, you must fight the urge to surrender. Beyond the reasons already covered, consider this: there are plenty of nurses in your situation who are counting on you to do nothing. Their chances of reaching America improve the less you do to prepare for your own journey. They don’t just want you to do nothing, some of them need you to do nothing. If your dream is to come to America, you must stay active and ensure you’ve done everything asked by your recruiter.

Did you pass IELTS? Did you pass NCLEX? Have you gained the experience necessary? Retrogression doesn’t make these tasks any less important.

Mistake No. 3 – Letting Clinical Skills Get Rusty

No one can fault you for choosing a job that pays more than nursing. But do everything possible to keep your RN experience current. U.S. hospitals want that recent experience. We aren’t telling you to put life on hold for volunteer experience, but it’s not a bad idea to pick up a day or two volunteering at the nearest hospital. Even if just for a few hours each day, this experience is going to separate you from your competition.

The shortage of licensed medical professionals in America doesn’t end because of retrogression. When priority dates move forward, PassportUSA is ready to provide qualified RNs to hospitals across the country. Ensure you’re one of them by keeping that experience current.

Mistake No. 4 – Signing With A Non-POEA-Licensed Agency

Hey, at the very least, you’ve followed steps 1-3. You clearly haven’t lost your drive, you’re staying active and keeping your experience current. That’s all wonderful. But be very careful. Signing with an agency that isn’t POEA-licensed invites real trouble. Non-POEA-Licensed agencies cause a lot of problems. The news of retrogression is usually so bad, candidates are more than happy to listen to promises that, most often, they know are too good to be true.

Don’t fall into this trap. No matter what a recruiter tells you, if their agency is not licenses by the POEA, you should look elsewhere. Click here for a good resource on illegal recruitment, courtesy of the POEA.

Mistake No. 5 – Paying for Services

Desperate times incite desperate measures. And some people prey on the desperate. News of retrogression hurts, enough that you might be willing to pay for a fix. But there is no fix. No matter what someone tells you, no amount of money is going to affect your priority date. If you are dealing with a new recruiter following news of retrogression, and there’s any mention of upfront money, you should cease business with them immediately.

A quick search of Google will illustrate insane amounts of fraudulent agencies that charge upfront and disappear before delivering.  They’re hoping you’re desperate enough to ditch common sense. But you’re not. Stay away from these crooks.

Mistake No.6 – Applying for an H-1B Visa

An H-1B is a legitimate route to the United States, and if you can’t get an EB-3, the H-1B seems like a good alternative, right? Unfortunately, more often than not, this is another opportunity for scammers to prey on the desperate.

The basic requirement to qualify for an H-1B: the job you intend to work in the United States must require a Bachelor’s degree or five years of experience. Of course, nursing in the United States only requires an Associates Degree in most cases. There are some jobs, like management, that demand a Bachelor’s degree. But it is not likely that an international nurse from any country will step directly into a nursing management role.

That’s not to say that international nurses don’t become managers – that happens all the time and they become great nurse leaders! But right away?

If a recruiter is encouraging you to apply for an H-1B visa during a retrogression period, we advise you reconsider. They’re likely sending you on a wild goose chase. They intend to profit on your journey that ultimately leaves you where you started.

Further, the odds of getting a cap H-1B right now is about 25 percent, simply because the number of petitions outpaces the current allotment of 65,000. Don’t be fooled into spending more money towards an implausible solution.

Mistake No. 7 – Walking Away from a Good Agency

We might sound a little selfish here, but we see this all the time. Upset and dejected, candidates will blame their agency for their retrogressed priority dates. We’re human, we thrive on scapegoats. But aim your frustration properly and avoid hurting your chances of working in America when retrogression moves forward.

You chose your agency because you trusted them. They didn’t charge you money, they were honest, upfront and stayed in touch. Why throw this away for measures beyond their control?

Know this about staffing agencies, especially the good ones – they’re frustrated by retrogression too. Retrogression affects them, their hospitals and the patients inside needing your professional medical talents.

It’s important to realize that not all staffing agencies are looking out for you. So when you’ve signed with an agency you feel comfortable with and can trust, stand by them during this time, because you’ll realize once retrogression moves forward and the smoke clears, they’ve stood by you the entire time.

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Everything a Nurse Needs to Apply for VisaScreen

When applying for a visa in hopes of working as a nurse in the U.S., a RN must satisfy United States Federal screening requirements. One of the most common routes to accomplish this is through the VisaScreen service. This service includes an assessment of your education, verification of all your professional healthcare licenses, an English language proficiency examination, and verification that you have passed either the CGFNS Qualifying Exam or NCLEX-RN.

If PassportUSA is your visa sponsor, our team will work with you to ensure that all of your required documents are in order when applying for the VisaScreen service.

Below is everything you’ll need when applying for VisaScreen:

Image result for check mark navy vector Secondary School Information

Be sure to include a photocopy of your secondary school diploma or external exam certificate for the highest level of secondary education you have ever completed. If it has been over 10 years since you completed your secondary education, however, this requirement will likely be waived.

If any of your documents are not in English, they must be translated. (This includes marriage certificates, as well).

Image result for check mark navy vector Licenses, Registrations, and Diploma Information

Validations of your professional licenses, registrations, and diplomas are required. This includes both current licenses and registrations as well as all those that you’ve ever held, including those in foreign jurisdictions (outside of your current country of residence). Only licenses, registrations, and diplomas that are relevant to nursing will be screened.

Image result for check mark navy vector Professional Education Information

Be sure to include a complete academic record or transcript from every educational institution you have attended related to nursing.

Image result for check mark navy vector Passport-Style Photograph

You must include a passport-style photograph that is square, in full color, is a .jpg file type, and is less than 5 MB in size.

Image result for check mark navy vector English Requirement

You must have proven both your oral and written English proficiency based on passing scores from either IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or TOEFL® iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language, Internet-Based Test). The passing scores must be less than two years old at the time of certification, and must be sent directly by the testing agency.

Think you’re ready to apply for VisaScreen? Have questions about your specific situation? Register with PassportUSA to begin talking with one of our team members and get the answers you need.

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Everything a Nurse Needs to Apply for VisaScreen

How PassportUSA can Help Nurses Who Have Been Abandoned by Their Visa Sponsor

At PassportUSA, our team strives to help nurses around the world achieve their #AmericanDream. Unfortunately for many nurses, circumstances may take a turn for the worse at no fault of their own, sometimes leaving them without the aid of their U.S. Visa sponsor.

Nurses in this situation, especially those who are suffering due to the actions of others, often feel abandoned, or that their hopes of living and working in the United States have been dashed. In reality, there is not a negative stigma attached to nurses who have been abandoned by their visa sponsor. At PassportUSA, we understand that your dream of working as a nurse in the U.S. is still alive, despite the disappearance or lack of communication from your visa sponsor. What’s more, our team can help you accomplish your original goal by transferring your visa sponsorship to PassportUSA.

How do I know if I’ve been abandoned by my visa sponsor?

During the U.S. financial crisis of 2008, some visa sponsorship companies discontinued operations.  For the nurses they sponsored who had not yet moved to the U.S., communication was essentially cut off, and their professional future became largely unknown.

The simplest way to tell if you’ve been abandoned by your visa sponsor is to think back to your last successful correspondence with the company. How long ago was the communication? Months? Years? Do you still have a timeline that you’ve been adhering to with the plan ultimately to place you at a medical facility in the U.S.? Or is your future unclear with no way to get answers? If this sounds like your situation, you may have been abandoned by your visa sponsor.

How PassportUSA can help you achieve your #AmericanDream

At PassportUSA, we realize that this turn of events may have you feeling hurt by the entire process of working with a visa sponsorship company. What’s important to realize, however, is that the abandonment is not your fault. If you still have the desire to work in the U.S., that ambition can still very well become a reality.

If you believe you have been abandoned by your visa sponsor—we can also help determine this matter for you if you are unsure—PassportUSA can help by filing an I-140 visa transfer on your behalf. If approved, PassportUSA would become your visa sponsor. From that point on, our team would work tirelessly to help you achieve your dream of moving to the United States. We’ve helped countless foreign-trained nurses move to the U.S. to live, work, and thrive in their new home.

How do I begin the process?

The first step in reigniting your pursuit for the #AmericanDream is contacting a team member at PassportUSA. We can help determine if you indeed have been abandoned, and if so, help you to begin the I-140 transfer process. If another company did indeed sponsor your visa filing, you may actually be able to get to the U.S. even faster, because in most cases the original filing date still holds.

We understand that you’ve been hurt by the actions of another visa sponsor or company in the past at absolutely no fault of your own. PassportUSA wants to help you not only move on from this unfortunate circumstance, but also make your #AmericanDream a reality.

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How PassportUSA can Help Nurses Who Have Been Abandoned by Their Visa Sponsor

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