General Discussion about Filipino RNs currently working in the U.S.

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    for filipino rns currently in the us whether still undergoing the proper documentations or already working please kindly share your experiences on this thread.

    topics maybe from experiences at the workplace, impact of the new culture to you and your family, general do's and dont's, and others.

    this thread would serve, hopefully, as a general resource thread for would-be u.s. nurses in the near future and to dispel myths and rumors and of course general advice coming from those already in the u.s.
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    Quote from lawrence01
    for filipino rns currently in the us whether still undergoing the proper documentations or already working please kindly share your experiences on this thread.

    topics maybe from experiences at the workplace, impact of the new culture to you and your family, general do's and dont's, and others.

    this thread would serve, hopefully, as a general resource thread for would-be u.s. nurses in the near future and to dispel myths and rumors and of course general advice coming from those already in the u.s.
    lawrence, please make this thread a sticky. in that way, anybody who is viewing the philippine forum can immediately access this thread.

    for sure, a lot of filipino nurses can start sharing their experiences here.

    and advices on what to do when our kababayans arrived here.

    thanks!
    Last edit by Rep on Nov 4, '06
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    It is now a sticky....................

    And for those of you that are going to post here, please keep to the topic at hand, this is not the place to post about issues going on in the Philippines.
    Strictly for those that are in the US, or in the final stages of working in the US.
    :spin:
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    Let us start on the first step of the journey. On the first plane ride to the US.

    Remember, that we were instructed to bring along our x-rays from St Lukes. I believe most of us had bought the square plastic bag outside of St Lukes. I bought mine there. Well, you can just put it in your handcarry luggage, just fold the top portion of the envelope and it will fit right in your handcarry luggage. If you brought the square plastic, yiou will stand in the crowd as a first time immigrant and sometimes in gets in the way when you are carrying your hand luggage. The US customs will not ask for it when you arrive at the port of entry. They will only ask for the folder which the US embassy provided to us. Believe me.

    Also, we Filipinos are so fond of bringing extra foods which we want to eat when we travel. My experience was my wife brought a lot of biscuits for our snacks and we did not touch any because during our travel, lot of foods/snack were offered to us during our plane ride and upon disembarking, we have to declare to US Customs that we were bringing some foods from the Philippines. The US customs will ask you that when you arrive at the port of entry regarding food, if you have any contact with plants, farm animals, etc.

    Be also ready about informations about your employer, your address in the US and other things related to your immigration. They will ask you that. Sometimes, they will ask how much money are you bringing in. They asked me that.

    If they asked some questions, just answer with a simple answer.

    My experience was smooth, they asked about my employer, they ask about my children and asked them some question regarding their birthdate .

    After they stamped your passport, the US Customs officer will say which you have been waiting ofr a long time to hear. " Welcome to the United States of America!"
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    Applying for a SSN.

    Frist of all, you need to know where to find the nearest office of the Social Security Administration. You can check it using a telephone directory or check in the internet.

    Bring your passport when you apply for the SSN. In my case, I prepared my birth certificate and passport but they only asked for my passport and the visa stamped on it.

    In my experience, I received my SSN a week later.
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    Thanks, Rep. I know you'll be one of the 1st to post here.

    Hope their will be more.
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    I'm working for a year here in Florida, and I can say that my transition was very, very good. My family and I have been blessed by an American who's very supportive from the time that we arrived until the present time. She is like a mother to us. And when we came there were 10 Filipinos who picked us up in the airport, plus this American that I have told you about, and I can tell you that seeing them at around 12 midnight made us feel welcomed and understood - and it meant a lot.
    There were about 15 Filipino families when we came. And they are pretty close to one another. They would come visit us and introduce themselves. They would dropped by on their way to the grocery store to check whether we would want to buy something, since we don't have a car yet.
    There are places here in the United States that have very good public trasportation services but in our place car is a necessity. And I advice you to take driving lessons and pass your driving test - both written and practical there in the Philippines. This saved my husband and myself in taking the DRug test online which would normally take about 4 hours. We only took the written and the practical test to get our licenses.
    At work communication was my problem. I know that I understand spoken English but when I started work, I found it quite alarming that there are people that I simply cannot understand. When this happens I just ask them to repeat what they said and sometimes politely I would ask them to speak slowly.
    A preceptor was assigned to me. And I can say that background in basic bedside nursing would have helped me adjust better, I needed it for my self, not for them, because they will teach you how to do it, but it would have been better if I have the necessary basic skills.
    I hope somehow I have been of help to those who will read this. I wish you all the best of luck
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    woahw....cool sticky...po st away...post away!:spin:
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    Some of you may post some specific questions to facilitate the discussions.:wink2:
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    Starting and Building a Credit History

    When you first arrived here, your credit history is zero.

    Without a credit history , you will have problems when you apply for a cellular plan, utilitites and buying a car. when I applied to have electricity connected to my apartment, I have to deposit $100 to PG&E because I don't have one.

    Without a credit history, means people/companies who provide services do not trust you when it comes to payments. You can not get better terms from them and they will charge you with high interest rates.

    To start creating and building one, the faster way to do it is to apply for a secured credit card.

    A secured credit card is when you apply a credit card and put a deposit as a collateral which will be your credit limit. The minimum deposit is $200. There are many banks that offered secured credit card like Citibank, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Washington Mutual, etc.

    Once you have your secured card, start using it and submit your payments before the due date. By doing this, you start building a history that you are paying your bills on time and you are a customer who knows how to manage your finances.

    Paying your bills on time also goes with your telephone bills, water bills apartment rental, electricity and other services. You have to pay them on time and they will help you start your credit history but the faster way to create is to have a secured credit card.

    In my experience, I applied for loan to buy a Dell computer but was turned down because they said my credit history is zero.

    On my third month using a secured credit card, I have received a pre-approved credit card offer froma credit company which I immediately accepted to help my credit history. A pre-approved means it is already approved and all you have to do is accept it if you really wanted it. This can comes in offers of credit cards or loans for car.

    They rate your credit history based on a credit score or FICO score. The higher your credit score, the less interest you are going to pay for yours loans and other services. The better terms you can get when you buy a car, a home, appliances, etc.

    So, when you arrived here and after you get your SSN you can immediately apply for a secured credit card.
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