Contracts that are signed are legally binding in most cases. They should not be signed until you are very sure of what you are signing and what is included and what it not. Also you should know about where you sre going to be working, what the facility is like, what the area is like, etc. before
you sign on the dotted line. Questions should be asked and answered before you sign, not after you have signed.
And many of these contracts now have cancellation clauses that go into effect as soon as you sign. Even before they start any paperwork for you, or you even take an exam if they are paying for it. And many that I have seen are for $8,000 US minimum once you have signed. And if you cancel, you are legally bound to pay that fee to them.
So please, take the time to do your homework, same as you would if you were purchasing a car or even a home. Get everything answered before you sign the purchase agreement. This is not any different.
And if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Remember that many of the recruiters/agencies that are overseas have never even been to the US and know nothing about how we do things in the US. Take the time to do some searches on your own before doing anything else.
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I got a job offer through an agency in NYC area that's reputable according to some of the moderator's postings here on allnurses.com, and I am sure you know the agency since it deals mostly with the nurses from the Philipines, but they told me that I cannot take the contract home to review it because it's a confidential document. They said I can only read it at their office and take as much time as I need. This makes me feel suspicious.
I've spoken to someone that worked for them and left after 1.8 years, and she was happy there, although she paid her way out of the contract. I was also told by someone that recently signed a contract that the first year fine for leaving the contract is $50,000, then the second year is $20,000, and third year is $8000. Maybe they changed the fine because when I spoke to the person that left them, she said she paid only $8000 after 1.8 years of service. 10 days paid vacation, and 3 sick days... I think is what she told me....
What do you think?? Is this a crazy thing to get into?? I am sure it is, but if I don't have an option, I may have to.
If working there is so fine and dandy then why they have to pay their way out of the contract? Not that one has no right to change their mind or go to another agency or facility if there is a better opportunity but if things are dandy or at the very least so-so then they can just wait until their contract expires.
I could never figure out why some agencies don't allow the contract to be taken home for review. I had a few job offers and/or contracts e-mailed or snail-mailed to me before and is common practice for some to do that. There's nothing to hide, anyway.
Also, unless you are already a US green card holder (legal permanent resident) or a US Citizen, there is currently no venue to file Adjustment of Status (I-485). Only the I-140 (petition) can be filed currently and that alone will not allow you to legally work. If you are currently on another visa such as the H1B, w/c you mentioned before then you can just continue being under that to be able to work. But that being said... why rush things? You still do have your H1B working visa don't you? Plus add in the fact that you cannot adjust status now from H1B, F1 or tourist visa to that of being a green card as well since everything is in retrogression. No need to rush things to get a contract now, esp. if you are having doubts about it. Being able to file for the I-140 (petition for Alien worker) alone will have minimal benefits for you. You won't be able to work w/ the employer that petitioned you if w/o the EAD and since there is no pending AOS then there is also no EAD. You will still have to use your H1B to be able to work. You will still be in status quo.
However, everything really depends on you on what to do.
Last edit by lawrence01 on Nov 9, '07