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Joining the PassportUSA Program

What professions do you hire?

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

What countries does PassportUSA recruit from?

We work with candidates from all over the world. We currently have candidates in our program from over 60 different countries around the globe. However, healthcare professionals from some countries will find the path to America to be more feasible than others. Qualifying for US licensure and US visas requires:
- Educational Equivalency to US standards for the profession
- English  proficiency verified by examination.    
- US  Licensure Examination. If a US licensure text center is not available  in your home country, you may have to travel to a country that offers the  exams.    
- Ethical  Sourcing Standards – If you are a citizen of a country with a shortage of  healthcare professionals in your profession, we may not be able to recruit you.

What qualifications do I need to join the PassportUSA Achieve Program?

The PassportUSA Achieve program is for Registered Nurses only at this time. You may apply at any time on our website, however, to qualify to join the Achieve program you must be a Registered Nurse with  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

Why do you require current work experience?

Recent bedside caregiver experience in your profession is necessary to meet the requirements of U.S. healthcare facilities and to support your success in the United States. PassportUSA is 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.

How much does the program cost?

Nothing. PassportUSA will advance or reimburse for the costs and expenses to sponsor your visa and facilitate your arrival in the U.S. 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. As long as you complete your initial commitment period, you will not be responsible for repaying any of the fees or expenses advanced by PassportUSA.

How do I apply for the PassportUSA program?

Please go to passportusa.com/apply to register with us.

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Visas and Licenses

What is the NCLEX exam?

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.

How do I apply for the NCLEX?

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

Does the NCLEX expire?

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.

What type of visa do you file for your nurses?

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 apply to become a U.S. citizen eventually should you choose to do so.

Does PassportUSA pay for my visa filing fees?

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

Can I bring my family with me to the U.S.?

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 (PassportUSA 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

What is the IELTS?

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.

As a nurse, do I need to pass IELTS before joining PassportUSA?

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!

Which IELTS version will I need to take?

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

What is the VisaScreen Certificate?

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.

Do I need a VisaScreen Certificate before I can join PassportUSA?

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

How will I know what documents and/or credentials I need for my U.S. immigration processing?

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.

How long is the immigration process?

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

How do I find out which U.S. state I will be assigned in?

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!

Do you provide orientation before starting in my U.S. assignment?

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.

Do you offer ongoing clinical support for your nurses in the USA?

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 U.S.

Will PassportUSA help me arrange my travel and accommodations for deployment?

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.

Will someone help me upon arriving to the USA?

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

What is the weather like in America?

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

What is it like to work as a nurse in America?

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.

Will I make more money working in America?

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.

Does PassportUSA offer benefits?

Some of the benefits we offer are:
- advance costs of 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 plan401(k) retirement options
- insurances such as life, medical, dental, vision, long-term and short-term disability, professional liability, cobra insurance availability after contract
- employment assistance program
- and much more.

Will I have support from PassportUSA while in America?

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.

Will my spouse be able to work in America?

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

Can you help me get my children registered for school?

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

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