We want to thank you for attending the webinar on December 4, 2019, and we hope you received some good information and that many of your questions were answered. We received many questions near the end of the webinar and unfortunately were not able to answer all of them in the time we had. We have provided answers to most of the questions below.
As we discussed on the webinar, no one person’s case or situation is exactly the same. Some of the questions we received are very case specific and we will ask that you reach out to your IPA/IDA if your question is not answered below or if you have a specific question about your case or situation. Your IPA or IDA, either in the US office or at Health Carousel, Philippines, will be able to either answer your question or consult with the immigration team to properly answer your question.
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.
IELTS – when is the best time to take it? Do I need it for my Visa to be filed? Is it necessary to have an active IELTS if my VisaScreen is active?
Health Carousel generally requires that you pass IELTS before your visa is filed. You WILL have to take and pass IELTS to receive your visa. We would hate to get you all the way through the immigration process near your American Dream and still have to worry about taking and passing IELTS. Once you are farther along in the immigration process, you will be focusing on facility interviews, state licensure, credentialing items and preparing to move to the US. You will not want the added pressure of passing the IELTS exam at this point.
While you only need your VisaScreen, not your IELTS score, to be valid at the time you attend an embassy interview, keep in mind that there are many US states that require an active IELTS score for state licensure so it may be advantageous to keep an active IELTS score. This will only open you up to more states and more possibilities.
No – once you complete your candidate profile, our client facilities will begin to view your resume, but you do not have to be selected for your visa to be filed. Our goal is to file every case that is ready to be filed in the next 90 days barring any unforeseen issues.
We believe this is a personal preference. We want our candidates to thrive in their new setting and if bringing your family right away is what is best for you then we encourage you to bring them. However, if you feel that it is best to arrive prior to your family coming so that you may establish a strong foundation first, it is perfectly fine to delay your family’s arrival.
Is it possible to not include all of my dependents in the immigration process and file their visa applications at a later time?
Yes, it is possible not to include all of your dependents in the immigration process, however, this is not something that we recommend. By not including your dependents and adding them later, you could add long delays to their arrival. We would suggest you contact your office representative so that they can fully educate you on these timelines.
If you want your fiancé to attend the embassy interview with you and receive a visa at that time, you must be married before the interview. However, if you move to the US before you have married your fiancé and decide to get married once you are a permanent resident, we can refer you to an immigration attorney to assist with that immigration process. If you have specific questions about the timing of your marriage or your particular case, please reach out to your IPA or IDA who can consult with our immigration team.
Yes – as long as you are legally married (in any country).
Yes, this is possible. We suggest you reach out to your IPA/IDA to discuss your plans so they can consult with our immigration team if necessary.
Yes – your spouse will also receive a green card and will have work authorization.
The age limit is 21 years old – however, please reach out to your representative with any questions about your specific situation so the legal team can determine if your dependents can be added to the petition.
My dependent is 17 years old. How long must he stay in the US if he wants to continue his studies in another country later?
We advise that as a permanent resident you not leave the US for more than a year without applying for a re-entry permit. Please contact your IPA/IDA with the case specific details so they can consult with our immigration team if necessary.
Health Carousel will pay the NVC immigrant visa fees associated with your dependents up front. This is $345 per person. We will require you to reimburse Health Carousel for these fees once you are in the US working. You will also be responsible to pay the visa fees for the green card of $220 per person. If you have any specific questions regarding these fees, please reach out to your IPA/IDA.
Yes, you can definitely work or study abroad while you are waiting for your visa to be filed. Please just make sure to remain in contact with your IPA/IDA so we are informed.
Yes, however, in order to ensure you are continuing to gain experience and keep your skills up to date, we recommend you work as a bedside nurse for at least 20 hours per week.
Can I work in another country while waiting for my priority date to be current and while getting my other required documents approved?
Yes, you may work in another country. Many of our candidates do this. However, we ask that you remain in close communication with your IPA/IDA so we are informed and can ensure your embassy interview is scheduled in the correct location.
While we do not require you keep your license up to date, we recommend you do if possible. When endorsing your license to your assignment state, it is often a requirement that you have an active US license to endorse. Please direct any specific questions about this to your IPA/IDA.
Please reach out to your IPA/IDA with your specific situation.
Your work experience will not have any bearing on your visa being approved. However, Health Carousel does in general require that you maintain current work experience throughout the process. This is to keep your nursing skills up to date and ensure that you are prepared to begin your career in the US.
How many hours of work do you require to be considered a sufficient amount of bedside nursing experience?
Generally 20 hours a week. However, please reach out to your IPA/IDA with your specific situation.
Your work experience does not affect whether your petition will be approved. Again, Health Carousel requires work experience to make sure you are prepared for your career in the US.
Once the ETA is received, Health Carousel’s legal team will begin to draft and put together the I-140 petition as well as review your documentation again. The I-140 petition is then reviewed by multiple attorneys before it is filed with USCIS.
The timing of any update is specific to each case as they are all unique. Please reach out to your representative any questions regarding your specific case or the timing of the immigration process.
This depends on the movement of the visa bulletin. Right now, if you are from the Philippines, we estimate around 18 months. If you are from a country that is not retrogressed, we estimate around 10 months. However, there are several factors throughout the process that can affect the timelines.
Reach out to your IPA/IDA to confirm whether you are ready for filing.
No – your age does not have any bearing on the filing or approval of the I-140.
When a response comes from the initial filing, is it you that gets contacted first or would I be contacted first?
Health Carousel or our outside attorneys receive all notifications after the I-140 petition is filed. Our legal team will update your IPA or IDA as we receive notifications. If you ever have questions about your petition, please reach out to your representative for the most up to date information.
Please reach out to your IPA/IDA who will be able to give you the most up-to-date information about your case.
Please reach out to your IPA/IDA for items you can work on.
We want to give a brief recap to the immigration information covered in the webinar:
The immigration climate in the U.S. has changed drastically in the last two years. This has generally been attributed to the Buy American, Hire American Executive Order issued by President Trump in April 2017. The intent of the order was to protect US workers and their interests. The U.S. is in desperate need of registered nurses and while nurses should not be impacted by this order, all immigration petitions and applications as well as all occupations have been affected by the change in policy and guidance. We have seen a rigorous and often erratic or arbitrary enforcement of immigration rules and regulations.
Health Carousel, in addition to all companies in our industry and all companies utilizing employment-based petitions has, in turn, seen a substantial increase in RFE/NOIDs and denials. The reasons for an RFE/NOID or a denial vary case by case. Some of the more common reasons we see RFE/NOIDs include the following:
- Will Health Carousel be your employer in the US?
- Will Health Carousel be able to pay your wages?
- Will Health Carousel have a job for you?
- Minor Discrepancies with Notices of Filing
- Are you qualified to be a nurse in the US?
Because of this, Health Carousel has worked to evaluate our filing strategies as well as to consult with outside counsel and work towards administrative relief in Washington, D.C. We have taken the time to do this work to achieve optimal results on each petition.
How long does it take to file the I-140 petition to being interviewed by the client facility and embassy?
This varies per candidate. In the meantime, please expect an email coming soon to complete your candidate profile.
Absolutely not. Health Carousel has never and does not plan to ever abandon a healthcare professional.
Please reach out to your IPA/IDA for more information regarding your specific case.
Please reach out to your IPA/IDA for the next steps.
Our goal is to file all petitions that are ready to be filed within the next 90 days. It is our goal for you to be in the US working as quickly as possible. Therefore, we always want to re-file any denied petitions as quickly as possible.
A prior denial will have no effect on your new filing.
When is PassportUSA switching to premium processing for the petitions already filed under regular processing?
Health Carousel will upgrade pending petitions in a strategic manner when we determine each case has the best chance for approval. Please reach out to your IPA or IDA for any questions about your specific case.
The 18-month estimated timeline takes into account the fact that the priority date will need to move approximately a year and a half forward. The 18-month timeline should remain the same whether the case is filed premium processing or regular processing.
No, the possession of a VisaScreen does not increase your chances of getting a visa approval. The VisaScreen is a requirement for your embassy interview. However, we do encourage you to complete the VisaScreen requirements as soon as possible so that there are no unnecessary delays in your application.
If I have a current visitor’s visa, will I have a better chance of being approved for my I-140 petition?
No, a visitor’s visa will not affect the approval of your I-140 petition.
No. The priority date is based of date received by USCIS even if your petition is approved at a later date.
Yes, as of February 19, 2020, the priority date for the Philippines is January 1, 2017.
No. we must file a visa (or an I-140 petition) in order to secure a priority date. Once the I-140 petition is approved your priority date will be secured. The priority date will be the date USCIS receives the I-140 petition, not the date it is approved. For example, if your case is received by USCIS on May 25, 2019 and approved on June 15, 2019, your priority date will be May 25, 2019.
After you receive an I-140 approval, you will have a priority date. The priority date is the date that USCIS receives your petition, not the date that they approve the petition.
This will not cause any problems! Please reach out to your IPA or IDA so we can determine what immigration steps we will need to take as you move forward in the process
No, we have clients throughout the country.
The interview will be either through Skype or phone call.
Please reach out your IDA for interview preparation information. If we feel that you need additional interview preparation, we will set you up with our clinical staff. Also, we have materials on our website that provide tips and tricks on successful client interviewing.
Yes, this is very likely. This is also a reason why we want you to continue with your bedside experience as it is vital to your success here in the United States.
Will my dialysis or telemetry experience help me get selected by a client or are other fields more desirable by clients?
The major units that we see our clients select RNs for would be Med Surg, Telemetry, ICU, CVICU, ER and OR. We do place in other specialty areas, but with less frequency.
How favorable is it to the client facility for me to be currently practicing bedside experience or in a hospital setting before I deploy to the US?
It is very favorable. Clients will review your resume prior to potentially arranging an interview. Being successful in the United States as a nurse will require you to have good current experience. This will increase your chances of being selected and will decrease the chance of you struggling in your new position.
There is not necessarily a minimum, however, you will be interviewing against candidates with experience, so it is in your best interest to have experience.
I have years of experience in Cardiology. Will I be placed in this department or in another department?
Not necessarily. Your resume will be submitted to facilities that have open positions that will fit your skillset. Upon completion of your interview with our client facility, if they extend you an offer, this will be your assignment. Our clients will likely keep you in your experience unit if you have worked there for a long time.
Do I need to renew my CPR certification or attain other certifications before I can be selected, or can I renew or attain them after I arrive in the US?
Your BLS and other certifications should be renewed prior to arriving to the US. These certifications are needed in order to start your assignment. Your advisor will tell you ahead of time what credentialing items will be needed prior to your deployment.
We have client facilities all over the United States with all sorts of exciting opportunities. We do not know your exact arrival time or where our client needs will be at that time. We do ask you to be open to all opportunities that are presented to you. We understand you may have family and friends in the United States, but their experiences may be different than yours. This is a new and exciting journey that will be all yours.
Is there an advantage to being selected by a US facility by having a background as a nurse associate or to have worked in a healthcare BPO company in the Philippines?
No there is no advantage. We recommend that you are currently practicing bedside experience or in a hospital setting at least 20 hours per week to have good current experience for client facilities to see when they view your resume.
I work overseas in the UK and am on a 3-year contract. If I am selected by a US facility, can the US facility wait until my UK contract finishes?
Please reach out to your IPA/IDA for specifics.
Working and Living in the US
We recommend at least $1500 per dependent. You cannot enter the US with more than $10,000 cash.
No, please reach out to your IDA for more information.
Yes, you will have short-term housing set up and will be provided long-term housing options. Please reach out to your IDA for more information.
Our goal is to have you working as quickly as possible once you arrive. Some states require a social security number for the license to be issued, which will cause a slight delay. You need to ask your advisor for your projected licensure timeline and start of work timeline.
You may, from time-to-time be assigned to other clients, locations, units, or shifts. However, this is not travel staffing, where you change facilities every 13 weeks. You will be placed on long-term assignments.
Will Health Carousel assist candidates who want to pursue further education/certifications pertaining to their practice?
Yes, please reach out to your IES after you are in the US.
It depends on your work schedule. Please ask your IES for more information.
You can file for citizenship after 5 years of continuous permanent residence in the US.
Yes, please reach out to your IES for more information.
If your question was not answered above or you have a specific question about your case or situation, please contact your current IPA/IDA directly.
PassportUSA is the leading provider of internationally-trained RNs to U.S. healthcare institutions. We have placed several hundred candidates at leading healthcare facilities across the USA. Client healthcare institutions can trust in our service and quality of candidates. Healthcare professionals will enjoy our high ethics and track record of successful U.S. placement.