FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

General Questions

Will I be paid the same as U.S. workers?


Yes. You will be paid at least the prevailing wage, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, for your position in the geographical location that you end up working.




What shifts will I work?


All shifts are a possibility. The client’s needs may require you to fill openings for night positions.




If I am a PT, OT or RN, can I decide where I will work?


The employer will chose the location of assignments due to the shortages. The employer reserves the right to endorse into more than one state if the need arises. You may be required to obtain multiple state licenses.




Can my family come with me?


Regardless of profession, immediately family i.e. spouse and children will be included in the immigration case. However, the family members are asked to join the OMS applicant once they have finished training and/or started working.




Can I take the NPTE in the mainland?


It is more costly to test in the mainland due to airfare. There is also a very high risk that a PT will get denied for the Visa if not going to Guam. For those PTs who would like to apply for a tourist visa to the mainland, they will be responsible to shoulder the Tourist Visa Application. Due to the limited spots to test, we have had some therapists want to test in Florida. Those therapists who are granted a tourist visa to come to the mainland may avail our housing accommodations in Florida to test. When you apply you must state you will be here for a period of no more than 30 days. You must actually only stay that amount of time.




Can I apply if I am under contract with my current employer?


You may apply while still under contract with your current employer. Historically the green card averages 12-24 months. However, government processing times frequently change 12-24 months is only an estimate based on our past successes. Future government processing time could be different and is outside the control of any attorney. Any contractual agreements that you are already subject to must be disclosed to OMS prior to signing a contract with OMS. Furthermore, once apart of OMS, you cannot sign further contracts that require you to work any certain period of time without written approval from OMS.




How long does the process take?


Historically the green card averages 12-24 months. However, government processing times frequently change 12-24 months is only an estimate based on our past successes. Future government processing time could be different and is outside the control of any attorney.




What is the validity period of the green card?


Green card is valid for 10 years.




When can I file for citizenship?


After 5 years of living in the USA for at least 50% of the time with a green card, a pilot may apply for citizenship.





Pilot

If I am a Pilot where will I be based?


Each pilot will be based in one location. The location is decided once a pilot completes the training. Availability of bases will vary and each pilot will have the ability to apply for a specific base while working. Base selection is decided by seniority and qualifications.




What is the Pilot Program?


The Pilot Program is a gateway for a pilot to work legally in the U.S. for a U.S. employer, and in the process obtain a green card and ultimately U.S. citizenship.




Can I apply if I don’t have my FAA License?


You do not need a specific FAA license to apply. We have more than one position so it is better to apply so we can let you know what you qualify for. However, in order to apply for the Cape Air program, you will be required to obtain a FAA Commercial Multi-Engine Land License or a FAA ATP Unrestricted License.




When do I start working for the airline?


Pilot is expected to arrive in the U.S. 1 month after the Green Card is approved, and training will typically begin approximately 1 month after arriving in the U.S. Should the pilot be unable to arrive in the US within 1 month, pilot must notify OMS as soon as possible. For example, a pilot recently needed to give additional termination notice to his current foreign employer and was delayed arriving in the US. Notification should be informed to OMS no later than at the I-140 Approval Stage. Please do not terminate your foreign employment until after your consular appointment.




Can I bring my spouse and kids with me?


A green card is also available for the pilot’s spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21. It should be noted that if a spouse has different nationality than the pilot, the spouse’s greencard may be delayed, as the pilot may need to start work prior to the spouses green card issuance.




What types of visas does OMS file for Pilots?


Employment-Based Visa (EB3) – This is an immigrant visa requiring a U.S. employer sponsor. This Visa will allow you to obtain a Permanent Green Card for you and your immediate family. Retention of the green card that you receive through this process requires that you be employed and paid by your sponsor.




Who qualifies as Immediate Family?


You might have heard of "derivative benefits," which flow through the main Visa or green card applicant, allowing a spouse or unmarried child under the age of 21 to immigrate simultaneously. If you are the principal applicant, your spouse, and unmarried children under 21 will receive a Green Card as well.




How does Cape Air's bidding system work?


Bases are bid on by seniority. Upon completing training, each Pilot will bid on a base. Bidding takes place every six months, although pilots may be relocated.




What benefits programs are offered by Cape Air?


Benefits include Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Long & Short-Term Disability, Partial Matching 401k, and Employee Stock Ownership Program.




How long does the process take?


Historically the green card process averages from 12-24 months. However, government processing times frequently change. Therefore, 12-24 months' estimated timeframe is only an estimate based on our past successes. Future government processing time could be dramatically different and is outside the control of any attorney.




When do I start working for the airline?


Pilot is expected to arrive in the U.S. 1 month after the Green Card is approved, and training will typically begin approximately one month after arriving in the U.S. However, should the Pilot be unable to arrive in the U.S. within one month, the Pilot must notify OMS as soon as possible. For example, a pilot recently needed to give additional termination notice to his current foreign employer and was delayed arriving in the U.S. If you anticipate a delay, please notify OMS no later than when the I-140 is approved. Do not terminate your foreign employment until after your consular appointment.




How long is training with Cape Air?


Training time varies depending on factors, including the Pilot's progress, weather, and instructor schedule. However, it is estimated to take between 1 to 3 months. You will be paid a base pay during training but are not eligible for overtime, incentives, or bonuses. Most foreign-trained pilots have been in training closer to 3 months.




What if my immediate family does not have the same nationality as me?


If the primary applicant and dependent(s) do not have nationality from the same country, the dependent's green cards may be delayed, sometimes 12+ months, while the approved applicant case is transferred to the dependent(s) country of nationality.




Can I attend the consulate interview in a country I reside in but do not have citizenship?


It is not recommended for pilots to attend the consulate interview in a country they do not have permanent residency. Pilots with conditional residency should process the case from a country of citizenship or permanent residence of 2 years or greater. We strongly recommend against processing from a country besides the one of citizenship as if a pilot loses the conditional residency or permanent residency expires, the case will have to be transferred to a different country. Moving the case to a consulate out of the country can take several months.




Will the consulate keep my passport/Visa after the interview?


If you are approved, the consulate officer will confiscate and cancel all U.S. visas. Each consulate has a different processing time. However, the majority of consulates will issue the new Visa within seven business days. Some consulates will return the passport via mail, while other consulates