- Why should I choose to work with MedPro?
- What are the basic requirements to work with MedPro?
- How do I apply to work with MedPro?
- What is the basic process?
- How long does it take before I can be working in the U.S.?
Preparing to work in the U.S
- What happens after I sign an employment agreement with MedPro?
- Will I receive any financial assistance for credentialing costs and the NPTE?
- Will MedPro assist in obtaining a visitor’s visa to take the NPTE?
- What type of employment based visa will I receive?
- Who pays for the cost of the visa?
- Can my spouse and children come with me to the U.S.?
- Who is responsible for the cost to travel to the U.S. to start work?
Arriving in the U.S & Orientation
- What can I expect once I land in the U.S.?
- Where will I live when in Ft. Lauderdale?
- How will I get around when in Ft. Lauderdale?
- What does orientation consist of?
- Will I have time to explore the area?
- Will I be paid during orientation?
Employment with MedPro
- How long must I stay employed with MedPro?
- When does the four year commitment period actually start?
- When will my Green Card be filed?
Compensation & Benefits
- What is the salary? Will I be eligible for raises?
- What kind of benefits will I receive while at MedPro?
- When do health insurance benefits start, and how much do they cost?
Working with MedPro
- How much will I have to travel?
- Can I choose my assignment locations?
- Can I choose my assignment setting?
- Who pays for the costs to relocate to my next assignment?
- Do you provide housing in my assignment location?
- What happens if I have time off between assignments?
- What if I no longer wish to travel and want to settle in one location?
Why should I choose to work with MedPro?
MedPro is an established company with unparalleled success in securing work visas, client assignments, and green cards for quality foreign therapists.
We are successful because we hire only therapists we feel will succeed in emigrating to and working in the U.S. Because we work only with quality therapists, we are able to secure contracts with the most reputable clients across the U.S. in a variety of clinical settings.
In business since 1983, and specializing only in the healthcare industry, MedPro is a privately-owned company with a strong financial backing. You can count on receiving a paycheck every week for the duration of your employment with MedPro.
What are the basic requirements to work with MedPro?
To be considered by MedPro, you must be a physical or occupational therapist with an active license to practice in your home country. To be successful in the U.S. you should have at least one year of experience in your profession.
How do I apply to work with MedPro?
If you’re a foreign-trained physical or occupational therapist wishing to live and work in the U.S., just complete our contact form, or call one of our recruiters at 800. 886.8108.
What is the basic process?
Shortly after contacting us one of our recruiters will arrange for a telephone call with you to learn more about your professional background and interest in coming to the U.S. Assuming you are a quality therapist and want to move forward with the process, we’ll send our standard employment agreement for you to review. After you execute the employment agreement our licensure specialists will commence the process to get you ready to come to the U.S.
How long does it take before I can be working in the U.S.?
The amount of time it will take to complete testing, licensing and immigration depends on a number of factors, including your education and experience, and the available immigration options. Our recruiters can give you a good estimate after they have spoken with you.
What happens after I sign an employment agreement with MedPro?
Once you sign an employment agreement, MedPro (and your recruiting agency if applicable) will work closely with you to ensure you complete each step necessary to live and work in the U.S. This includes English-language testing (TOEFL), credentials review (FCCPT), any courses required for U.S. licensure, preparation for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE), state licensure, and immigration. MedPro’s licensure specialists and staff from your recruiting agency will work with you closely so that you
Will I receive any financial assistance for credentialing costs and the NPTE?
This is something that you should discuss with your recruiting company or MedPro Recruiter prior to signing the employment agreement.
Will MedPro assist in obtaining a visitor’s visa to take the NPTE?
Yes. MedPro will assist in every way possible.
What type of employment based visa will I receive?
MedPro primarily utilizes H-1b work visas to sponsor therapists for work in the U.S.
Who pays for the cost of the visa?
MedPro will pay all visa filing and processing fees, as well as the legal costs, for your visa application. You would be responsible for the costs associated with any family members.
Can my spouse and children come with me to the U.S.?
Yes, spouses and dependent children under 21 years old are eligible to be included under your work visa, although they will not be authorized to work in the U.S.
Who is responsible for the cost to travel to the U.S. to start work?
MedPro or your recruiting company will arrange and pay for your airline transportation to Ft. Lauderdale, where MedPro offices are located.
What can I expect once I land in the U.S.?
MedPro will have a representative pick you up at the airport. That representative will drive you to housing arranged by MedPro.
Where will I live when in Ft. Lauderdale?
MedPro has arranged and paid for housing near our offices in Ft. Lauderdale. Normally you will share a room in a house with another MedPro employee. While the kitchen will be stocked with certain food staples, you will have to shop for groceries during your stay. (We will take you to the grocery store.)
How will I get around when in Ft. Lauderdale?
MedPro will arrange and pay for all necessary transportation during your stay in Ft. Lauderdale, including transportation to the MedPro offices for orientation, and transportation to complete a number of personal tasks necessary to prepare you for life in the U.S. (establishing a bank account, obtaining a Social Security number, getting a mobile phone, etc.).
What does orientation consist of?
Orientation consists of classroom training on clinical and employment issues. The orientation is conducted in MedPro offices in Ft. Lauderdale Florida, and lasts four days.
Will I have time to explore the area?
Before starting your first work assignment you should have time to explore South Florida beaches, shopping, restaurants, and night life. Some new employees have even made weekend trips to Orlando to visit Disney World.
Will I be paid during orientation?
Yes. MedPro provides $2,500 of initial net pay to you, which covers your first three weeks of work, commencing when you start orientation. If you are deployed to your first assignment before the end of the third week, you will receive this initial pay plus pay for your work at the client site.
How long must I stay employed with MedPro?
Given the significant costs MedPro incurs to recruit therapists and bring them to the U.S. to work, we require each therapist to commit to a four year term of employment. If you do not feel you can honor this four year commitment, please discuss ASAP with your MedPro representative. We appreciate that moving to the U.S. is a significant undertaking and want to make sure you are comfortable with your move and future employment with MedPro.
When does the four year commitment period actually start?
Your four year employment commitment starts when you start your first client work assignment.
When will my Green Card be filed?
At your request, MedPro will file an application for permanent residence after you have completed a minimum of twenty-four months employment. MedPro utilizes both in-house and outside immigration attorneys to ensure your case is professional prepared.
What is the salary? Will I be eligible for raises?
Your starting contract salary is $29 per hour. However, your salary may be temporarily adjusted higher depending upon your work assignment. If you are assigned to a worksite where the U.S. Department of Labor has determined that the prevailing wage is higher than your MedPro wage, you will receive the higher wage for the length of that assignment. It is important to note that you will always receive at least your MedPro salary, even if the prevailing wage is a lower amount.
You are eligible for a raise to $30 per hour after 12 months with MedPro, $31/hour after 24 months, $32/hour after 30 months, and $36/hour after 36 months. All raises are subject to satisfactory job performance.
What kind of benefits will I receive while at MedPro?
MedPro offers a comprehensive benefits package, including:
- Health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance
- Paid time off, accrued at 12 hours per month of work
- 401k retirement plan where MedPro contributes $.25 for every $1 you contribute
- Continuing education reimbursement, for licensure and professional development
When do health insurance benefits start, and how much do they cost?
Your health insurance coverage commences on the first of the month following 60 days of employment.
The cost varies based on several factors, including the type of medical insurance plan you choose, whether you include family members in coverage, and whether you elect to enroll in other optional coverage. Medical insurance costs over $4,000 per year for an individual employee. It is costly because it covers everything from doctors’ visits to prescriptions to emergency hospitalization. Fortunately, MedPro pays 90% to 95% of the cost of your medical insurance, depending upon the plan you choose. If you enroll any family members, or if you elect dental or vision coverage, your costs will be higher.
How much will I have to travel?
MedPro provides temporary professionals to clients across the U.S., so some travel is almost inevitable. The amount of travel you will be required to do will depend on a number of factors, some of which are in your control (such as how well you perform on an assignment), and others that are out of your control (such as client census). We have some therapists that have been in the same work location for over two years, while we have others who relocate two or three times a year.
Because MedPro pays the cost to relocate you, it is in our best interest to minimize the amount of travel you do. However, MedPro’s clients have a need for healthcare professionals on a temporary basis. This need is the reason MedPro exists and the reason why we are able to offer you an employment opportunity in the U.S. You should view travel as a temporary but necessary condition to emigrating to the U.S., earning a nice salary, and securing your green card.
It is very important to remain flexible when acquiring personal possessions (furniture) and signing apartment leases. MedPro will provide advice in these areas.
Can I choose my assignment locations?
While our goal is to accommodate all requests, it is difficult to promise a specific location. Should an assignment not be available in your desired location, we will do our best to locate work as close as possible.
Can I choose my assignment setting?
MedPro services a variety of clinical settings, including hospital, skilled nursing facility, outpatient, and home health. It is likely that you will experience different settings during your tenure with MedPro. We will always place you in a facility/setting with proper support to ensure your success.
Who pays for the costs to relocate to my next assignment?
MedPro will pay for your relocation costs if you are assigned to a new facility outside your existing commuting area. Your MedPro Liaison will work with you to develop a relocation plan that includes transportation, shipping of your belongings and hotel accommodations. MedPro also pays an outside specialist to assist you in negotiating a lease for housing in a safe location close to your worksite.
For items such as airfare or shipping of your vehicle, MedPro will pay these costs directly. For expenses you incur directly (such as mileage or shipping of your personal effects), MedPro will reimburse you once you submit appropriate receipts.
Do you provide housing in my assignment location?
MedPro provides and pays for personalized housing assistance, but the cost of the apartment you rent is your responsibility.
International employees are generally not eligible for housing reimbursement under U.S. tax guidelines since they do not maintain a permanent tax home in the U.S., and therefore do not have the “double expense” in carrying out their work.
What happens if I have time off between assignments?
As part of the H1B process, MedPro commits to pay you a weekly wage regardless of whether you are at a client assignment or not, as long as you are available for work (not on a personal leave, etc.). Time off between assignments is referred to as “bench time”. MedPro tries to minimize bench time, since it is not earning any revenue when you are not working with a client. Many therapists never encounter any bench time for their entire period with MedPro.
If you do encounter bench time, we require under our Paid Time Off policy that you utilize accrued PTO to cover the first week of bench time each year. If you happen to be on the bench more than one week in a year, MedPro is responsible for payment of your wages.
What if I no longer wish to travel and want to settle in one location?
While MedPro will work to minimize relocations and accommodate your personal preferences, travel is a requirement of our business and your employment.
Towards the end of your commitment period, we will do our best to locate an assignment near where you wish to settle permanently.
Since I am required to be licensed in up to three state, will MedPro pay for the cost?
Yes. MedPro is responsible for the costs for you to endorse into a state pre-approved by us. MedPro will also pay for the subsequent license renewals. Continuing education costs related to licensure and professional development are also funded by MedPro, as long as the course has been pre-approved by MedPro. Costs are reimbursed to you upon successful completion of the course and submittal of supporting documents or receipts.
What options are available to me after I have completed my four year commitment?
Once you have completed four years of successful client assignments, you will have the option of continuing your employment with MedPro under a higher rate of pay and the same comprehensive benefits package. If you are more interested in maximizing your wage and benefits are not as important to you, you may opt to become a MedPro Short-Term Traveler. As a MedPro Traveler, you would receive a higher rate of pay (including housing if you qualify), but would give up some of the benefits you currently enjoy.
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