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Relocation Checklist

Here’s what you’ll need to do before coming to the U.S., and once you get here.

Step 1: Three months before arrival

  • Submit updated resume, skills checklists appropriate for specialty, questionnaire and essay, and U.S. RN license (if available).
  • Prepare personal effects to bring with you and keep in mind the allowable luggage requirement of the airline. If you’re arriving in the fall and winter months, bring clothes for cold weather (coats, sweaters, thermal underwear, closed shoes, gloves and scarves)—cotton clothes won’t be enough for a Baltimore winter.
  • Prepare at least U.S. $5,000 per person for emergencies/personal needs. Remember, you’re responsible for transportation to work, food and personal items, medical expenses (prior to employment) and other incidentals.
  • Have two supervisors send updated letters of reference on official company letterhead directly to JHH or to SEAPCI in a sealed envelope. (The applicant cannot send them.) References will be verified.
  • Notify your employer of your resignation.
  • For applicants coming from the Philippines or originating from the Philippines, contact SEAPCI  for travel arrangements. Those coming from other countries, contact International Recruitment for instruction. Cost of airfare will be covered by JHH —but if you arrange it without Hopkins approval, we’re under no obligation to reimburse you.

Step 2: Prior to arrival

  • Notify International Recruitment of arrival date, airline, time, and airport. Indicate number of people traveling, number of luggage and sizes—that way we’ll know what kind of car to send.
  • Apply for Social Security card 24 hours after arrival in the U.S.  Contact International Recruitment for assistance.
  • Contact International Recruitment to arrange Occupational Health screen and complete remaining paperwork.
  • Meet with the International Nursing Recruitment Specialist to discuss and review expectations and questions.
  • Meet with the nurse manager and do share day at least a week before start of orientation.
  • Network with other international nurses at Hopkins.
  • Learn to take public transportation (i.e. metro, buses).