Immigrant Visa and Working Visa Application

  1. Hello,
    I need some advise regarding immigrant visa and working visa. I am a registered nurse in the Philippines. I passed the CGFNS and IELTS exam. Planning to take NCLEX in USA.

    I already applied hospital employment to the recruitment agency in FLorida. My immigrant visa petition has been approved already last 11/16/2004. The priority date is 2/05/2004. We all know that retrogression is on going and I cannot wait this too long.

    So, now I am planning to apply a working visa in Chicago. I am just wandering if it could be possible. Please do give me advise, if the pending immigrant petition will be affected once I applied the working visa.

    I met a male nurse last week and we have the same case. Waiting for the interview. We just met once. He also have a pending immigrant petition with the same year applied. Since he doesn't want to wait the pending petition due to the retrogress, so, he decided to apply a working visa last January 2005. Interview from US embassy done last week and he is now scheduled to go to Chicago on May 2005. He then told me to write in the working visa application form about the pending immigrant visa status. Is it really true? Do you have also a friend who have the same case as him?

    I already submitted the requirements needed for the recruitment agency in Chicago. The male nurse also told me to pay $750 for the attorney's fee. But I will pay it directly to the lawyer thru bank draft.

    Please give me some advise if I will continue applying the working visa or I will have to wait the immigrant visa petition.

    Thanks in advance.
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  3. by   zuriel
    Lucky for you, you found a employer sponsoring for working visa. I am looking for one by the way. All I found are employer offering EB3 which is in retrogression. To answer your question, go ahead in writting in your application that there was a pending petition for EB3 for you. Working visa petiton doesn't affect your EB3 because they are different, one is immigrant petiton and the other one is non-immigrant. Can you tell me in my private message the name of lawyer that takes care of your paper for working visa?
    Quote from venz
    Hello,
    I need some advise regarding immigrant visa and working visa. I am a registered nurse in the Philippines. I passed the CGFNS and IELTS exam. Planning to take NCLEX in USA.

    I already applied hospital employment to the recruitment agency in FLorida. My immigrant visa petition has been approved already last 11/16/2004. The priority date is 2/05/2004. We all know that retrogression is on going and I cannot wait this too long.

    So, now I am planning to apply a working visa in Chicago. I am just wandering if it could be possible. Please do give me advise, if the pending immigrant petition will be affected once I applied the working visa.

    I met a male nurse last week and we have the same case. Waiting for the interview. We just met once. He also have a pending immigrant petition with the same year applied. Since he doesn't want to wait the pending petition due to the retrogress, so, he decided to apply a working visa last January 2005. Interview from US embassy done last week and he is now scheduled to go to Chicago on May 2005. He then told me to write in the working visa application form about the pending immigrant visa status. Is it really true? Do you have also a friend who have the same case as him?

    I already submitted the requirements needed for the recruitment agency in Chicago. The male nurse also told me to pay $750 for the attorney's fee. But I will pay it directly to the lawyer thru bank draft.

    Please give me some advise if I will continue applying the working visa or I will have to wait the immigrant visa petition.

    Thanks in advance.
  4. by   venz
    Thanks for your quick reply. Just submitted my docs last week thru fedex. I am still waiting of their feedback. Can I have your e-mail add? 'coz they only need 175 nurses. 5 slots left for the new aplicant. They need cgfns certificate and visa screening certificate. Are you ready to submit those requirements they needed?
  5. by   suzanne4
    Then you are not working as a nurse............please be very careful with a contract like that...............there are no "working visas for RNs. Period.
    There is the green card, and the EAD that comes with it before hand.........
    But don't get yourself into a predicament that you will be stuck with for the next three years.................

    When the retrogression is lifted, you will be screwed..............
    What type of salary are they offering you????????what type of work conditions? If they are looking for 175 people, that is going to be "slave labor"--they only care about numbers, not the nurse...............
  6. by   suzanne4
    For those of you that already have files in process, remember that if try to change and go with another agency now, when your number comes up, you will not be available because you have signed a three year contract, so the employer that filed for you has every right ot cancel the application/petition since you won't be available.

    Remember that it is another agency or hospital that is paying your fees, and if you go back on your word, you can have penalties of up to $20,000 US to pay. Read the fine print carefully.

    Also, if thinking of H1-B visa, there are very few facilities even using these anymore due to paperwork involved. Neighborhoods or staffing ratios are quite bad....................and if you do not like the facility and want to quit, you are really in a bind because you will only have so many days to find another employer to cpntinue sponsoring you or you have to leave the country.

    No one should be placed in that predicament...........your choice.......
  7. by   zuriel
    May be what she got is H1C visa. I agree with Suzanne, don't be fooled working in very bad condition. I will try to find it out. Better work in other countries.
    Quote from suzanne4
    For those of you that already have files in process, remember that if try to change and go with another agency now, when your number comes up, you will not be available because you have signed a three year contract, so the employer that filed for you has every right ot cancel the application/petition since you won't be available.

    Remember that it is another agency or hospital that is paying your fees, and if you go back on your word, you can have penalties of up to $20,000 US to pay. Read the fine print carefully.

    Also, if thinking of H1-B visa, there are very few facilities even using these anymore due to paperwork involved. Neighborhoods or staffing ratios are quite bad....................and if you do not like the facility and want to quit, you are really in a bind because you will only have so many days to find another employer to cpntinue sponsoring you or you have to leave the country.

    No one should be placed in that predicament...........your choice.......
  8. by   suzanne4
    H1-C isn't any better. It has very, very limited openings. And you belong to the facility, if you do not like it, and can't find another place ASAP, you have to leave the country.

    For any of you that are trying to pick up these "quicker" deals, and have already signed contracts with other agencies.....in a single word,,,,DON'T. Your salary that you would have made over the next three years will be used to pay off your contract. These companies have invested money in you for your green cards/petitioning etc. And if you go back on the contract, all of the work that you have put into your petitioning becomes null and void, because remember that you are being sponsored, not doing this on your own.

    Be very careful, or you can get a big bite on the a-- and it won't be pretty.
  9. by   Faby
    Quote from suzanne4
    For those of you that already have files in process, remember that if try to change and go with another agency now, when your number comes up, you will not be available because you have signed a three year contract, so the employer that filed for you has every right ot cancel the application/petition since you won't be available.

    Remember that it is another agency or hospital that is paying your fees, and if you go back on your word, you can have penalties of up to $20,000 US to pay. Read the fine print carefully.

    Also, if thinking of H1-B visa, there are very few facilities even using these anymore due to paperwork involved. Neighborhoods or staffing ratios are quite bad....................and if you do not like the facility and want to quit, you are really in a bind because you will only have so many days to find another employer to cpntinue sponsoring you or you have to leave the country.

    No one should be placed in that predicament...........your choice.......
    Hi Suzzanne: I've already applied through an agency. My file says that my petition is a I140. How is it related, if it is, to a Green Card? Thank you.
  10. by   suzanne4
    Quote from Faby
    Hi Suzzanne: I've already applied through an agency. My file says that my petition is a I140. How is it related, if it is, to a Green Card? Thank you.
    That is the beginning step for green card processing.............
  11. by   Faby
    Quote from suzanne4
    That is the beginning step for green card processing.............
    Just wanted to be sure, as that's what my lawyer and agency told me. thank you
  12. by   suzanne4
    Quote from venz
    Hello,
    I need some advise regarding immigrant visa and working visa. I am a registered nurse in the Philippines. I passed the CGFNS and IELTS exam. Planning to take NCLEX in USA.

    I already applied hospital employment to the recruitment agency in FLorida. My immigrant visa petition has been approved already last 11/16/2004. The priority date is 2/05/2004. We all know that retrogression is on going and I cannot wait this too long.

    So, now I am planning to apply a working visa in Chicago. I am just wandering if it could be possible. Please do give me advise, if the pending immigrant petition will be affected once I applied the working visa.

    I met a male nurse last week and we have the same case. Waiting for the interview. We just met once. He also have a pending immigrant petition with the same year applied. Since he doesn't want to wait the pending petition due to the retrogress, so, he decided to apply a working visa last January 2005. Interview from US embassy done last week and he is now scheduled to go to Chicago on May 2005. He then told me to write in the working visa application form about the pending immigrant visa status. Is it really true? Do you have also a friend who have the same case as him?

    I already submitted the requirements needed for the recruitment agency in Chicago. The male nurse also told me to pay $750 for the attorney's fee. But I will pay it directly to the lawyer thru bank draft.

    Please give me some advise if I will continue applying the working visa or I will have to wait the immigrant visa petition.

    Thanks in advance.
    If you have already signed with an agency in Florida, and are now going with another to speed things up...........You are screwed in a simple word. Florida agency can charge you big bucks for going back on your contract, because you will be signing one for several years in Chicago. They can also cancel your petition and you will be starting over, it is their discretion.........just think that you are making the biggest mistake of your life and the most expensive...............you will be paying them back for years.........
  13. by   suzanne4
    Quote from zuriel
    lucky for you, you found a employer sponsoring for working visa. i am looking for one by the way. all i found are employer offering eb3 which is in retrogression. to answer your question, go ahead in writting in your application that there was a pending petition for eb3 for you. working visa petiton doesn't affect your eb3 because they are different, one is immigrant petiton and the other one is non-immigrant. can you tell me in my private message the name of lawyer that takes care of your paper for working visa?
    wrong answer. it is definitely affected because the petition was already submitted by an agency...........a different agency. once you sign with one and the process begins, and you try to get out of it........you are majorly screwed. they provided a service and placed the nurse, adn paid the fees for the petition as well as immigration lawyer fees......they can ask for all of that money to be repaid to them, plus a penalty, which can be quite high. they also have the right to cancel the petition. remember that the agency is doing the petition, they can just as easily cancel it.

    this is not how to get ahead in the us by going back on signed contracts. you definitely lose face.............and not something that you want to do because you are in a hurry..............you will be paying out more money than you will be getting in..............big, big mistake.
  14. by   venz
    thanks, ma'am suzanne. i will follow what you've advised.


    Quote from suzanne4
    wrong answer. it is definitely affected because the petition was already submitted by an agency...........a different agency. once you sign with one and the process begins, and you try to get out of it........you are majorly screwed. they provided a service and placed the nurse, adn paid the fees for the petition as well as immigration lawyer fees......they can ask for all of that money to be repaid to them, plus a penalty, which can be quite high. they also have the right to cancel the petition. remember that the agency is doing the petition, they can just as easily cancel it.

    this is not how to get ahead in the us by going back on signed contracts. you definitely lose face.............and not something that you want to do because you are in a hurry..............you will be paying out more money than you will be getting in..............big, big mistake.

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