Please pay attention to your contract before signing it. There is no such thing as a free green card.
The money for it will be coming from your pocket, not the agencies. In most cases, there is about $5 per hour taken from you to cover the expenses. This works out to about $20,000 over two years. Expenses are about $4,000. You do the math.
The better way to do things, if you can afford it, is for you to pay the fees, and then you are in control, and can pick your attorney, etc. The facilities are normally paying a relocation fee that will cover your expenses.
Also, pay attention to what the cancellation fee is. If for some reason that you would need to leave your contract early, or the facility cancels you, you will be responsible for paying that fee. The document that you sign is a legally binding contract. And some contracts can be as high as $15,000 to $20,000.
If your recruiter makes a promise, but it is not written into your contract, then it doesn't exist. It must be in writing and signed off by the management of the agency. And oral promise will not mean anything, especially if your recruiter is no longer working for that agency later on.
The good thing about the agency where I applied in is that I was given the choice of the city where I would like to be assigned to. It was also stipulated in the contract as well as in the ETA(some no.?) about the salary that we will be getting. However, as you mentioned, Suzanne, there was nothing in the contract that mentions about housing, legal fees, nor the salary deduction that they will be taking from us. The agency just mentioned in her emails about these benefits. When I asked her about the salary deduction in one of my emails, I just felt that she purposely veered from answering the question.
Anyway, we had good feedbacks from the friends who preceeded us, and are now Immigrant nurses there. True enough there was salary deduction (of around $1-2/hr), & 1 month housing. But we still don't know the amount of the contract we signed into.
If the amount is not stipulated in the contract, can we contest this if they ask a certain huge amt. should we decide to get out of this in the future? The contract is 2-way, right?
Last edit by linRN2 on Dec 4, '05