A Faster Way to Get to the U.S.

I was a Nurse. I graduated 2003 — hope was bleak. No more Jobs.

To the newly graduates, it will even be a lot harder. But don’t lose hope — we only use nursing to get to the US, right?

 

How about a shortcut? Back in the day, when I fully discovered what I really wanted to do, I took a different route — the tourist route.

 

Somewhere along the line, my hubby and I discovered things were going nowhere. The fascinating lessons of adulthood — “stay out of debt.”

So we cut all the excessive spending — we stopped shopping, eating outside, buying stuff we don’t really need — we saved!

 

Then we invested in our passports. We first used our savings to get cheap package flight to Hong Kong — then on to Singapore.

Then came the crucial part — we applied for tourist visas. It was scary at first, but God was good. HE even showed me a few hard-learned lessons.

 

Word of advice. Don’t declare your nursing credentials on the tourist application.

Or else you’ll hear the dreaded words from the embassy interviewer, “You’re actually trying to convince me you’re not going to overstay and try to land a nursing job there?!?”

 

Those were the exact words echoed at Christel, my college best friend. Christel had everything. She was rich, she had connections, she had “show money,” she used her connections to land a high paying job at a pharmaceutical company. Like really, really, high paying salary.

 

She had everything set to convince the American interviewer that she’s all “set” in Manila and would not dare toil the labor of a nurse there.

 

But all that money and connections went for naught when a tiny portion in the application caught the interviewer’s eye. “Nursing Graduate.”

 

That was enough to get the dreaded “denied” stamp.

 

Oh, I could still remember holding Christel all night as she cried her  heart out. “I’m sorry, Christel…”

 

So I scratched out “nursing grad,” I put in instead, “currently attending culinary school.” I told the interviewer we were quite contented with our call center salary and would not be tempted to overstay. “We love it here in Manila.”

 

The interviewer, a cuddly old bear of a man with great sense of humor gave a giggle and said, “we’ll see…”

 

Stamped. Approved. And on  our way to Vegas.

 

We had travel credentials in our passports. We told the interviewer we traveled Asia already, and now want to get a taste of America.

 

Here are the key points:

  • It didn’t hurt that our requested destination was Vegas — it is after all, a pure tourist spot.
  • We were lucky my aunt lives in Vegas. If not, we’d still use Vegas as our port of entry. Why? It seems very credible for a vacation spot — and vacation is what we’re after in the first place.
  • If we didn’t have relatives in Vegas, we’d book a hotel and still enjoy the place there for a day or two and fly to wherever our family is in the US.

 

Now you may ask, what does this have to do with nursing?

First off, if you’re already there — everything is easier. Secondly, you could get caregiver jobs (under the table) to replenish your expenses (a plane ticket is expensive enough).

Third, you have the chance to visit various hospitals and nursing homes to apply for actual work visa sponsorship.

Tip: Don’t fly PAL — they are the worst! And the most expensive too! Food is bad, service is bad, seats are crampy and the stewardesses are, how to say… malditas. Just my opinion.

KAL, JAL, Northwest and Cathay are way better — cheaper too.

 

The loopholes.

I’m not comfortable writing this, but here it goes. This might help a bit.

When my aunt was still a pediatrician in Manila, life was good. She spends six hours a day in her office, and does a few ‘hospital rounds’ from time to time.

But lo and behold, her sons weren’t as study freaks as she was. In fact, they both dropped out college (nice). This had her concerned, absolutely no future in Manila for the boys, she ended up applying for nursing work visa.

 

She went through an agency of course. She contracted the agency to hook her up with “work sponsorship.” For $5,000, she gets a work sponsor in Vegas.

 

Do you know what that is? That grand “work sponsorship?” It’s a MSword printed out in a 8.5 x 11 piece of  paper saying…

To whom it may concern,

This person, Juanita Dela Cruz, is hereby granted immediate employment at ABC Hospital the moment she arrives here with starting salary of xxx amount.

Blah, blah, blah.

Signed by an HR or nurse manager at one of the nursing home/hospital in Vegas. So the agency gets half, and the “signer” gets the other half of the $5,000. You won’t actually have a job there, all they care is you pay them for giving you a piece of letter “guaranteeing you a ‘supposed’ job” there 

For what it’s worth, the agency does get your visa approval faster.

 

Tip: For goodness’ sake, when the US Customs asks you where to mail your greencard — mail it to your relatives!

The way it works, the agency will constantly remind you to mail your greencard at “their” address — a necessity, so they say.

But what happens? They take your greencard hostage! Till you pay the full amount $5,000. What they’re doing isn’t exactly legal, no contracts were signed — they just hold your greencard hostage.

I call them low-lives. But, they did get a lot of doctors there. Still, it isn’t exactly right.

 

What does this have to do with me?

I was offered that same chance. Agencies couldn’t get nurses to U.S. back in 2005 (or earlier) — only doctors turned nurses get approved — but IF you’re already there, they’re willing to help you.

 

I was contracted by my aunt to work as an under-the-table caregiver. To earn $5,000 and buy that piece of paper called “work sponsorship.” Once I get that piece of paper, everything will be easy (since I was already there), no need to suffer the 10,000 mile long lines we suffer at Gov’t offices in the Philippines. All I need to do is apply through USCIS and done! Wait it out and get my work visa in a year? (so the agency promised, who knows.)

 

I could have actually have been a nurse there.

Start with caregiver then pay the agency to land me a work visa in Vegas.

There’s that look there. See? You’re doing it right now. LOL. I’ve had my shares from my friends and relatives — “Bobo ka talaga! Nurse ka na sana sa states!” — I’ve heard them all, no need to add. Lol.

 

Why, oh why did I turn it down? It wasn’t part of the dream.

Besides the fact that it would’ve separated me from my hubby and baby boy for a year (probably more), it would’ve made me miserable — and I’d make myself feel better by thinking “Ganon talaga ito, ok lang ito, ganon talaga ito…”

Yup, you’re lying to yourself when you say that. You’re only trying to make yourself feel better.

 

I’m different, you see. I’m sorry to have to say this, but in my case, I hated nursing because my father forced it upon me.That simple. (Sorry).

And you might’ve have overlooked the most basic principle of all — I was already there! What’s the point?We never really loved nursing, we just wanted to use nursing as a plane ticket to the US.

But I was there already, no need to use nursing — That time in my life, I was already concentrating on my dream of having my own restaurant.

 

I don’t know if this would help you. I’ve only been to one state, one city. That was the loophole I found there.

But heed a warning: overstaying (TNT) and getting caught working under-the-table jobs is illegal. This could get you blacklisted for 10 years!

It seldom happens. It only happens when your “kapwa” Filipino with massive crab mentality (believe me, there are lots of them), will report you to immigration. I’ve heard stories of this happening, I know a few exiled ones — be careful.

 

Wow, I don’t really feel comfortable writing this. In fact, I’ve contemplated on deleting this many times. But I ultimately decided that some people can learn from this. If I ever change my mind in the future, I’ll have this deleted.

 

The only message I want people to know is — USA is a beautiful place. I encourage everybody to save up, invest in their passports and travel!

 

See the world! This will completely open up your mind. I have to be honest, I used to be narrow-minded, but traveling opened my eyes to a whole lot. You’ll see a bigger, better world — you’ll be a better person. You’ll grow more for having seen more and meeting a lot of different people –different races, different culture — you’ll learn a lot.

As human beings, traveling to different places and meeting more people will make us grow faster.

 

So travel! At the very least — it’s fun! It CREATES memories. 50 years from now, you’ll open that old dusty photo album and reminisce on all the places you’ve been. You’ll be happy.

 

I’ve said enough — Go travel! Go have fun!

 

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A nursing graduate. Works at a call center and teaches English to Koreans during weekends. Hey, we do anything we can to survive, right? I'm putting myself to culinary school. I want to have my own restaurant someday. Wish me luck! If you liked my writing, read some more on my blog. Thanks!
  • Jocelyn Atilano

    Thanks for the inspirational blog;))

    • 🙂

    • I hope people can still read this: THERE ARE OTHER OPTIONS.

      I was going to put other alternative beautiful places like Canada, Aussie, and European countries. but it wouldn’t be fair, since I have no real experience on those places. I have no real input.

      But my hubby and I are processing our papers to Canada right now. So that says a lot.

      Chris (a commenter below), urges people to try Europe. Ireland, Switz, Holland, Norway,… I’ve heard great stories from them. Those are great places to settle down too.

      For what it’s worth, “visiting alone” is already awesome! So go, travel!

      Bonus: I hear New Zealand is nice too.

    • Evan

      How about filipinos try to stay in their country and try to fix their situation. Gosh Filipino government eats everything. My wife is from the philippines and I`ve been there twice damn it is definitely not what i have imagined. I thought that it was gona be the shithole of the world but lo and behold you guys have what it takes to make sure that your people have a decent way of life. the infrastructures are pretty well developed, education and health is very high. The main problem is your government and the rich (corporation, big companies) that take everything. The small people get really nothing. What`s worst is that you dont see people going on strike or rebel against the government. One day you`ll have to say enough is enough. You guys will do anything just to be able to escape your country and the misery but fail to realize that maybe the problem is not to flee but to fix your country. Just a bunch of people dominating the mass: SAD

  • ynah

    Woah! You inspired me! I strongly agree that traveling, meeting diff.people, and seeing the world makes you a better person. Thanks for this! 🙂

    • I was stuck in one city my whole life. And that’s exactly it — I got stuck, I got bitter, I deteriorated…

      What greatly made me grow up, mature and ascend as a person was travelling. Travelling, seeing awesome places and meeting new people, greatly greatly lifted me up as a person.

      I would never have grown had not for travelling.

  • venus lorena sibug

    Nice.

  • Boyet Damot

    Thanks for sharing your story.

    Not that I intend to migrate to the US (our family opted for Australia…we got our visas already), but I sincerely believe your story is truly an inspiration to other Pinoys who plan to go to the US.

    What strikes me as “odd” is how even the “moneyed” among us…like your friend in the story that got denied a US tourist visa…those who come from rich families, have nice-paying jobs in the Philippines would want to turn their back on that for a chance to start from scratch and try to make the American dream come true for them.

    Ganun na siguro ka-“fed-up” ang maraming Pinoy sa ating bayan.

    But think about it…most of us Overseas Filipinos (OFs) actually crave to vacation in the Philippines…masarap sa Pinas actually if you have the money to spend…if you’re a highly-paid executive or have your own business.

    But then…if you’re thinking (like me and my wife) long-term (e.g. financial security not only for ourselves but for our children (or would-be children for those who are currently single; giving our children that “edge” so they need not struggle like we did…as underpaid employees when we started out in Pinas)…then migrating is truly a logical plan. And it need not be only US…there’s Canada and Australia as well.

    • Exactly. I heard so many great stories about Canada and Australia.

      If ask me now, I would settle down in Canada or Australia. Which we are, by the way — our visas (hubby and son) in Canada, are almost done. We are migrating to Canada in late 2012 or early 2013.

      I’ve seen life in US – time to live in Canada 🙂

      • Boyet Damot

        Late reply na ito Ambria…

        …just want to say…sobrang lamig sa Canada daw! as per my friends who migrated there.

        Try Australia!

  • rad

    good article!

  • vine

    it was nice of you to post this..inspiring and enlightening to us nurses..good luck on your future endeavours

  • tin

    i love your articles. it inspires me alot. I am now in UAE but back in the Phils, I was reading ur articles already.

    You are right, being away with my family is so hard. I also keep on telling that to myself na dapat namin to pagdaanan…. I am here for almost a month now but it seems i miss them for years… I do not know how I can do this. People often say masasanay ka din… na alin? na mhiwalay sa kanila? parang d ko kaya… at ayoko na masanay din sila na wala ako…. I do not know but somehow your stories touched a part of me. Nursing is also my 3rd choice and putting up a business back in Pinas is also my dream. I hope someday my family will be together again. I am dreaming of going back to Pinas and i will strive my best not to go abroad again for work, like you, I just want to travel and see other places with my family.

    • Thanks Tin, you just inspired me too.

      I haven’t written anything for a while now. busy, busy, busy with family, work and so many stuff.

      But I will try to write again because of you 🙂 thanks!

      Now… My biggest, biggest advice to you is: To save. Save, save, save — And visit/migrate to other beautiful places.

      I know it’s super hard. Once you get burned out – you try to reward yourself for your hard work. You buy stuff, then debt comes.

      once you get lonely — you try to make yourself feel better by buying stuff, shopping, clubbing or whatever. More debt comes.

      But try to fight the urge. UAE is a stepping stone, nothing else (sorry). Work your butt off, then do everything in your power to migrate to Canada, Aussie, or even Europe — Swiss, Norway, Ireland, and other very cool, very peaceful, very beautiful places.

      Need inspiration? Try a tourist visa in any of those places… you’ll be so in love with the place, that you’ll be infatuated with the idea of settling down there — you will then do everything in your power to migrate there.

      Promise yourself this: “in 2 years, you’ll be in one of those beautiful places.”

      Good luck! 🙂

  • oj

    Nice and very inspiring lessons for all of us.. Goodluck and soon please let me know your new resto.. I’m your 1st customer to visit your place. Congratulations in advance!

    • Thank you! Will do 🙂

  • elaine kinson

    very well said and nice inspirational article for all nurses in the philippines.i like the last part of your article,”see the world” is really true,travel and seeing places other than Philippines makes you a better person and change you.how much more living in USA for years and becomes your home.i’m a registered nurse since 1977 and everything was good for me.haven’t experienced at all any hardship in taking exams or getting a job and landing in US.but it’s not only USA,there’s Canada,Australia,London where nurses can work or migrate.i hope your article helps and some of the reply.good luck to all the nurses.

    • Yep. I was thinking of putting other options like canada, aussie and europe — but it might be wrong, since I have no real experience on those places.

      But my hubby and I are processing our visas for Canada right now. Wish us luck!

  • I know getting a work permit is hard these days, but all filipino nurses should look beyond the USA, yes you may get there but life there is not easy either, you’ll have to work 2 jobs to survive, there’s no free medical, you’ll need insurance etc if you are unlucky enough to get ill.
    As qualified nurses you should also consider, Ireland, UK, European countries such as France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, avoid Romania, Turkey etc as they are new in the EU and life there can be similar to Manila.
    You can still go down the tourist route and work as a care giver in Ireland while searching for a nursing job, there are lots of filipinos working here already.
    Northern Ireland is under UK rule, but there is no border checks between north or south so you can apply for an irish holiday visa, then cross into Northern Ireland from Donegal to find work.
    Once you secure a work visa/permit here for more than 6 months you can register with doctors, dentists etc and if you require treatment or God forbid hospital admission or treatment it’s free.

    • You are exactly right. people should read what you’ve just said. I was thinking of putting other beautiful countries as alternatives, but I thought against it, since I had no real experience on those countries.

      But people should try Europe too- It’s got lots of beautiful, beautiful countries.

      • Chris

        You’re right, Europe is a wise move, but still be very careful, the countries i’d consider if I was a Filipina nurse would only be Ireland or Northern Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, as I said in my privious comment, Poland, Romania, Turkey are only recent members of the European Union and those countries still have poverty issues etc, many of their own people are now coming to the parts of the E/U i mentioned above to escape their own problems.
        For those Filipinos who do not know much about Ireland & Northern Ireland, just google it, it’s a beautiful place, it gets a bit cold in winter but you will adapt, and just do what the locals do, dress in winter clothing, there are many filipino’s here already, I’m married to a filipina, 3rd child on the way, the 2 older ones were born in the Philippines.

  • hi. i’m not a nurse but i find your article very informative and inspiring. Life is like an empty picture card album. we must fill it with memories, enjoy life, travel and have fun.

    • thanks! my thoughts exactly.

  • eSTELA

    I am a retired nurse who came to US 2x on a visitor’s exchange program but went home after 2yrs.as required by the program..1st..trip
    I went home because i don’t either like to stay because life is so hard no maids everthing is done by you..besides i missed my parents n siblings..i went back to nursing and got married…so life is good but after a while ..i got so frustrated with work esp.i was bypass promotion so i decided to renew my application for us immigrant..back then in 1981 and by GOD’s grace approved immediately..it’s much easier those years back then…I left my family and after a year we are united..because i put them in my visa during interview to follow upon presentation of affidavit of support…LIfe is not easy I worked nifgt duty for 9yrs..but then after 30 yrs.here n retired my sacrifes paid off..i was able to send my only daughter to private hi school and NYU in college..so the rest is good for us both retired traveling back n forth n bothe healthy …GOOD LUCK everyone ..pursue your dreams be in in the philippines or elsewhere ..you can make your own choice but eductated and work very hard for it..success is 99% hard work…1% inspiration…

    • Yep, visas were 100x easier back then. So nice to hear you’re living a healthy and peaceful life now 🙂

  • Mommy Joyce

    I like this; very timely with mwhat I am considering to do come 2012.

    • You will get it, Mommy Joyce 🙂

  • Scott Ward

    Really? Did you just write an article/blog on how to skirt the American law? In case you didn’t know “highly illegal” is right. How you can usurp a country’s immigration laws and encourage everyone else to do the same says a lot about your character. Working under the table insults the hardworking tax-paying legal residents of this country.

    • For what it’s worth, getting a legal sponsorship letter from a legal HR in a hospital, is still legal. Whether they change their minds about giving you a job when you get there, is still legal.

      And for the legal taxpayers you were talking about, — Because not all retired people can afford legal caregivers. So they hire cheaper, under-the-table people.

      By the way you talk, I assume you’re well-off, you might have good pension, you’re all set, you have great health care.

      But what about those who don’t have good pension? health care? Stuff them all in gov’t homes for the aged?

      Those who can’t afford real caregivers- let them rot alone? Is that your solution?

      just because you have your life straight doesn’t mean everybody else is a lucky as you.

      • clj0824

        Hindi naman po sa nakikialam pero meron naman pong point si Ambria. Ang pagtatrabaho ng illegal at delikado hindi lamang sa employee kundi pati na rin sa employer.. isa yan sa rason kaya halos wala nang naghahire ng illegals ngayon. Lalo na ngayon na mageeleksyon, kanya kanya na ng pakitang gilas ang mga kandidato at isa sa priorities nila ay kung paano pababain ang number ng illegal migrants. Naiintindihan ko rin na gusto nyong makatulong kaya kayo nagpost nito kaya nga po ako nakapag-comment na sana tinagalog na lang nyo 🙂 Kapag ganyan po kasi, kahit yung mga legal talaga ay maapektuhan. Sana marealize natin na sa mga ganitong gawa nga natin kaya naghihigpit sa atin ang mga kano. Kung walang gumagawa ng illegal para lang makapunta sa kanilang bansa, (or kung meron man ay ‘simple’ lang ika nga at hindi brutal) pasasaan ba at babalik din ang tiwala ng mga yan sa atin at unti unting luluwag ang sistema nila.

        • clj0824

          I was referring to Scott Ward having a point.

      • Scott Ward

        You misunderstand Ambria. It’s not about economics but obeying the laws of your host country. Your excuse is flawed. I dare you to use your “just because you’re well-off” logic in front of an immigration judge when you get caught. Illegal is illegal, there is no excuse for doing something illegal. Go through the proper legal channels. Plus if you understand the American tax system, you will know that those taxes are used for elderly care–Medicare. When you work under the table, the money that funds those programs are taken away. So you are stealing no matter what. Understand this–illegal is illegal. There is no ifs, ands, or buts about it.

        • Hmm, you got a point. ok, I apologize.

          • Chris

            Don’t apologize, read my comment below, I love how Filipinos are very polite, but sometimes you have to stand and speak your mind, this guy was wrong to make that comment, America has enjoyed the fruits of the labour of my people (Irish) who immigrated there and practically built the country, and your people who have supplied them with Medical care and Nanny’s and care givers for their old parents etc, now they want to refuse you entry if you put nurse on a visa application? They should be grateful to have Good dedicated nurses come into their country.

        • Chris

          you’re full of it, if for example a Filipina nurse worked there off the record, yes she may dodge a little tax BUT she will be doing 40 – 60 hours work looking after the sick and elderly, which is still going to mean those patients have got care they would not have had if she wasn’t there?
          Plus then > That nurse has to eat? she spends her earnings on food, electric, gas, etc etc, she may save a little, but like everyone else there she will put most of what she earned back into the economy of the USA, every item of food or clothing she pays for will have been taxed and she will have give exactly the same as you when she buys those items. point made

    • Chris

      Get off your high horse, America is a mixed race country, it was built by Irish Immigrants and Black slaves kidnapped from their own lands and sold like animals, it suits America to hire Filipino nurses and other Filipina’s as nannys and care givers for your elderly, Filipino’s are hard working people, and IF the nurses were not refused because they put on their application that they are nurses they wouldn’t have to hide that fact on their application, The problem you’s have is actually thinking America is so important, you’re all sheep, your government has you all posioned with Aspartame sweetners junk food and Genetically Modified foods, companies like Monsanto are ruling you’s like lab rats and you’s all allow it,So as I said, Get off your high horse, you’ve no right to try and talk down to anyone like your Mr Almighty

      • Evan

        The reasons why they refuse nurses is because they are no jobs you moron. where are you going to put all these foreign nurses, when US graduate nurses cant even get a job? dont be a tool, don`t use that bullshit about who built what, who made who. it`s 2013, things get tough, economy is bad enough especially with Obama and you want to bring hundred of thousands of immigrants. That cost money in case you havent figured that out. With the Obamacare, things wont be easy for us and “immigrants having special skills( nurses, physicians etc.).”

  • Divacz pinoytau

    i have heard to much and a lot of stories like most you talking about different experiences blah! blah! blah!..everybody says how good,bad are filipinos it seems like there is a need for everybody to go abroad like america australia canada thinking of their own big dream the american dream they would say but i never really heard anyone saying i will not go abroad so i could use my profession to serve contribute to my countrymen women and children to the best of my ability in that sense no one will criticize our own country!..did you ever thought why korean love it here?..

    • lol. you’re bitter. why? 🙂

  • joel

    I am just going to ask if you still have the contacts of the agency that you are saying. Thanks.

    • Sorry, 🙂 that was 5 years ago. I don’t even know if they still exist

  • clj0824

    Maganda ang sinulat mo kaya lang sana sa tagalog mo na lang isinulat. Wag namang mangyari na merong makabasa nito na hindi natin kalahi, maitsutsu pa na ganun ang plano at statehiya ng mga pinoy. Lalo tuloy hihirap ang pagkuha ng visa. Ngayon pa nga lang, ang hirap na kumuha dahil alam na ng mga konsul ang ‘style’ ng mga pinoy. Habang sangayon ako sa mga tip mo, sa personal kong karanasan naman ay hindi tutoo yan. Sa call center din ako nagtatrabaho nun at citizen lahat ang pamilya ko. Hindi ako nagsinungaling at wala akong ipinakitang bank account or anumang property, in fact wala nga akong pinakitang kahit ano. Nagsabi lang ako ng tutoo at sinuwerte naman akong mabigyan. Ang tingin ko, wala talagang fool proof na strategy, SWERTEHAN lang talaga. Me kakilala akong nakarating na sa UK pero nadeny pa rin. Wala talagang pinakamaganda kundi ang gawing legal ang paninirahan dito. Kung wala naman paraang legal, siguruhin lang na malinis. Naghihigpit sila ngayon at marami na ang nadedeport kaya walang pinakamaganda kungdi MAG-INGAT! Good luck sa lahat! 🙂

    • if citizen parents mo, you can migrate there 9 months (or less) from the day they petition you. That should be the case. recession or not.

      • clj0824

        Hindi ako nakapetition at hindi ako nagpapetition. I came to the US in 2010 as a tourist on my own and went home after a month. I didn’t quite get what you were trying to say but I do know that having Citizens for parents usually results in a denial because people can actually come as a tourist and then overstay while waiting for their petitions to be approved.

  • Marie

    Hanga ako dahil naglakas loob ka maghayag ng iyong mga karanasan dahil sa iyong hangaring tulungan ang mga kababayan mong nagnanais pumunta sa Estados Unidos. Ngunit sa aking palagay, dapat naisulat mo ito sa Tagalog para hindi maintindihan ng mga taong ayaw nating makabasa.

  • Norman

    You can do that ten years back. But laws have changed. It is next to impossible now to convert from visitor to working visa. Also, before nurses are in demand but now they’re not. Believe me I’m a health care employer. Coming to America on a visitor visa with intention to legally settle down here is a precarious option nobody should ever try at present day realities.

    • this story was around 4-5 years ago. Yep, that’s why I’m pressing everybody to follow their dreams instead.

    • Chris

      You’re right norman, and not just the USA is tightening their policies, I’m in Northern Ireland, Ireland and the UK are now making it near impossible to get a work permit for anyone from a country outside the european union.
      They have changed the rules making it that if your apply for a work permit/visa the job must be paying over £30,000uk per year, how many nurses anywhere earn that? None so sorry no visa.
      It’s funny though, governments are posioning society with artificial sweetners and GMO foods, so the people then have to seek medical care and they make billions on meds and drug sales etc, yet they are cutting back on hiring the staff required to look after old and sick which means when their near the end of life they die quicker? But our governments can find billions to spend on invading other countries and war to steal oil reserves etc, I could rant all day about this, it’s a disgrace.

  • Julie

    This motives me 🙂 By the way I’m just wondering kung magkano lahat ang gagastusin just to get in U.S (My dream place!). I also want to travel just like you 😉

    • back then, it was $150 for the tourist application. Plus airfare $1,400 each (round trip – always book your flight ’round trip’ – always)

      plus we have a combined bank savings of 350k pesos (2-3 years savings). by savings, I mean no shopping, no eating outside, no starbucks, no beer, no bars, no night outs for more tahn 2 years. It was hard, but it paid off.

      Traveling is super duper fun! We’re aiming for Europe and Canada next. Whether you make it there permanently or not, seeing those places alone will create a massive surge of adventures and memories – fit for a lifetime.

      Do it. It’s one the greatest things we could ever do in our life. Seeing beautiful places is an adventure of a lifetime.

  • cezzy

    Highly motivated by your story. I was SUPPOSED TO BE A CITIZEN. Back when I was born. Back before I was born but by some mischief of fate. Here I am. Wanting to be there. Wanting to be a US CITIZEN. I’m just 20 y/o. But I have dreams. I can take anything! I’m ready. I may be young but experiences molded me to be tough. It’s not easy I know. But I can Do It!! Everybody can Do it!! I WANT TO BE A U.S. NAVY NURSE!! By the time I’m 27 I AM A U.S. NAVY NURSE!! Godbless US all. 🙂

  • Macey

    It would’ve been good if hospitals are hiring right now. USA have produced over 1 million nurses over the past 5 yrs. there will be a nursing shortage but i dont think it will be to a point where they will spend money on anybody’s visas. I just got back from vegas, they are among the highest rate of unemployment. So unless u got all ur cards right. Its a real challenge for anyone to make it here at the moment.

  • ROMEO

    FASTEST WAY TO GET TO THE U.S. . IS TO MARRY ME. I AM A U.S. CITIZEN AND I CAN PETITION A SINGLE FILIPINA NURSE TO COME TO AMERICA . MUST BE HONEST , TRUSTWORTHY AND WITH A GOOD FAMILY BACKGROUND. AGE RANGE FROM 26-36 YEARS OLD . DON’T REPLY IF YOU ARE ONLY GOING TO USE ME , JUST TO COME TO AMERICA .