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Carl Shusterman's Immigration Update


  1. Registered Nurses Immigration Update (June 2018)

    Never in the past 40 years have I seen the immigration process for RNs applying for working visas and green cards change as much as it has in the past few months.

    On Friday, June 8, nurse recruiter Tanya Freedman and I will speak about some of these changes on Facebook Live and what foreign-born nurses and healthcare providers in the US can do to better prepare and take advantage of these changes.

    For the first time ever, RN staffing companies across the US have seen I-140 visa petitions for RNs denied by the hundreds by the USCIS. As with IT staffing companies, the USCIS is demanding that the staffing companies be directing the day-to-day activities of the nurses in order to be considered their “employer” for immigration purposes.

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    On the bright side, thousands of RNs from the Philippines, India and many other countries have immigrated to Canada during the past 10 years. Many of these nurses preferred to come to the US, but the lack of job opportunities and long waiting times discouraged them from doing so. Now, they are Canadian citizens and are eligible to work in the US on TN (Trade NAFTA) visas.

    Also, the waiting times for Filipino RNs to get green cards in the US have considerably improved over the past few years. As recently as June 2016, the backlog was nearing 8 years. Now, it is less than 2 years. RNs from other countries (except India and China) have no backlogs whatsoever.

    Many of the hospitals and other health care providers that we represent have been doing the following:

    1. Sponsoring RNs for green cards whose petitions for green cards filed by staffing companies have been denied and who are looking for employment opportunities;

    2. Hiring RNs who are Canadian/Mexican citizens and sponsoring them for TN status; and

    3. Sponsoring RNs for green cards who have EAD work permits in the US or who are living

    Updated 06-14-2018 at 04:04 PM by CShusterman

  2. US Immigration For Registered Nurses: Free Legal Assistance

    Are you are foreign-born Registered Nurse looking for a job in the US? Our law firm can introduce you to a hospital in the US which is sponsoring RNs for temporary visas and green cards. The hospital will pay 100% of your legal fees.

    Our law firm
    represents over 100 hospitals, and during the past 30+ years, we have immigrated over 10,000 RNs and other health care professionals to the US.

    Our client hospitals currently have several hundred job opportunities for Registered Nurses, Medical Technologists and other health care professionals.

    If you are interested in finding a job in the US and being sponsored for a temporary visa or a green card, feel free to send your resume to Paralegal Elsa Garcia at

    She will forward your information to one or more of our hospitals and a representative from a hospital will contact you.

    Our services are free to you. Both attorney and filing fees will be paid for by the hospitals that we represent.

    This video explains the procedures for getting TN and H-1B visas for RNs. It also shows how hospitals can sponsor registered nurses for green cards.

    We also discuss the Visa Screen Certificate, posting requirements as well as the CGFNS and the NCLEX examinations.

    If you would like to know more about any of the following subjects, please see the following pages on our website.

    Resources for Registered Nurses

  3. Universal Health Care Without Nurses?

    Both the House of Representatives and the Senate each passed health care legislation in 2009, and the Administration is hoping to craft a compromise bill which would extend health insurance to an additional 30-40 million Americans.

    Although the Congressional debate was extremely contentious, one important issue was never debated: How can our country provide health care for tens of millions of uninsured persons when there are not enough registered nurses to care for patients now?

    The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has projected that the shortage of nurses will approach 1,000,000 by the end of the decade. As a result of our growing RN shortage, nurses are being forced to care for additional patients. Yet, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) estimates that increasing an RN's workload from 4 to 8 patients would result in a 30% increase in patient deaths.

    Our country clearly needs more nurses. Can we educate more Americans to be nurses? Of course. Yet, despite the growing shortage, ten of thousands of potential students are being turned away from nursing schools because of shrinking state budgets.

    In addition, there are tens of thousands of foreign-born registered nurses waiting abroad for the opportunity to work in the U.S. Many have already passed the NCLEX examination to be licensed in the U.S. Thousands have been sponsored by hospitals in the U.S. The Department of Labor has designated registered nurses as a shortage occupation for immigration purposes for over a quarter of a century.

    So what's the problem?

    1) RNs are in the employment-based third preference (EB-3) category. Under the present system, there is a backlog of over seven years for a person to immigrate to the U.S. in the EB-3 category.

    2) From 1952 to 1995, it was relatively quick and easy for U.S. hospitals to obtain temporary (H-1 and H-1A) visas to care for patients in the U.S. However, Congress allowed the H-1A program to expire in 1995.

    It's time to get realistic about health care in the U.S. Our population is rapidly aging, and without proper medical care, there will continue to be thousands of premature deaths in hospitals due to overburdened nurses.

    We need to educate more RNs in the U.S. and we need to ease the restrictions on foreign-born nurses who have passed U.S. licensing examinations.

    It's just common sense.

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    Updated 12-02-2013 at 04:45 PM by CShusterman

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