Quote from lawrence01
Excellent advice. :spin: On the spot signing and telling you you can't take a copy of the contract home first for review are one of the red flags and take the time to go to diff. agencies first so that you have more options. Not that some agencies will be much diff. or you won't run into some problems w/ them but it would be much better that you made a choice from agencies 1-7 rather than just agencies 1 and 2.
Also, I think what is also impt. is to find out what happened to past applicants. How long were they were able to leave?? Of course, get the info. from the horse's mouth and not a staff from the agency. News of people still here in the PI or is forced to take a job in the middle east or other countries first for the last 2-3 years and they still do not know what is happening to their case should be another red flag.
The above are the things that needs to be researched before signing and not after. If you know someone who signed-up w/ them and still not able to leave for the US in 2-3 years time or 2 retrogressions have passed since then means nothing is happening (agency not doing their job) and don't expect a new applicant to miraculously overtake them.
Just my two cents.
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.