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  1. TWO NEW NURSE BILLS INTRODUCED

    by , 05-31-2011 at 07:11 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo
    Two recent bills have been introduced in the US Congress, both of which purport to ease the immigration process for healthcare professionals.
    HR 1929 has been introduced by Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI). Rep. Sensenbrenner has long been harsh on legalization of the undocumented, but sensible on immigration for professionals. Rep. Sensenbrenner has submitted versions of HR 1929 in past Congressional sessions, although none have ultimately become law. Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) is a co-sponsor of the bill.
    HR 1929 calls for 20,000 immigrant visas to be issued to Registered Nurses.Nurse's immediate families would also get immediate immigrant visas, but they would not count against the 20,000 quota. In order to use these special visas, employers would be charged an additional $1,500, which would go to funding US nursing programs. These visas also would be available for Physical Therapists. This bill is very similar to several prior bills, notably the Schedule EX visa in the mid-2000s that allowed a one-time visa quota of 50,000 visas for nurses and their families.
    While MU applauds the introduction of HR 1929, we expect that the bill will not be enacted into law.
    HR 1933 has been introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas. Like Rep. Sensenbrenner, Rep. Smith has long been harsh on legalization of the undocumented, but sensible on immigration for professionals. Rep. Smith's bill calls for the revival of the H-1C program. The H-1C program had been around since the mid-1990s and allowed 14 special hospitals the opportunity to employ nurses. These 14 hospitals are mainly in Texas, which explain Rep. Smith's sponsorship. The H-1C expired in December 2009 and was not reenacted.
    MU is in favor of passage of HR 1933, but we are also skeptical that the bill can become law.
    Read the full Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com or www.ilw.com.
  2. NPTE EXAM DATES FOR 2012

    by , 05-23-2011 at 07:18 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo
    FSBPT has set the NPTE Exam test dates for 2012. FSBPT established a uniform testing policy after it found evidence of testing breaches. In response to testing breaches, FSBPT first sought to establish a separate but equal NPTE exam for graduates of Philippine, Egyptian, Indian, and Pakistani schools.
    A Georgia court ruled that the FSBPT's plan was invalid under law and recently settled the lawsuit with the Georgia plaintiffs. The fixed-date testing program was the outcome of the lawsuit.
    The 2012 testing dates are:
    January 30, 2012
    March 29, 2012
    July 2, 2012
    July 31, 2012
    October 23, 2012
    Read the full Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com or www.ilw.com.
     
  3. MU LAW GALA SPONSOR OF IACC

    by , 05-18-2011 at 06:29 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo
    Musillo Unkenholt LLC is proud to be a Gala sponsor at tonight's First Anniversary Gala Celebration for the Indian American Chamber of Commerce - Greater Cincinnati andNorthern Kentucky.
    In addition to Musillo Unkenholt, Gala sponsors include US Bank, University ofCincinnati Health, Fifth Third Bank, Anthem Health, PNC Bank, Cincinnati ChildrenHospital, and a dozen other local Cincinnati businesses.
    The event features comedian Rajiv Satyal, as the Master of Ceremonies, traditional Indian dance groups, business leaders and other dignitaries.
    Read the full Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com or www.ilw.com.
  4. JUNE 2011 VISA BULLETIN

    by , 05-16-2011 at 07:21 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)

    by Chris Musillo

    The Department of State has just released the June 2011 Visa Bulletin. This Visa Bulletin had modest progress in several classifications, notably the EB-2 categories.







    June 2011 Visa Bulletin


     
    All Other Countries
    China
    India
    Mexico


    EB-2
    Current
    15OCT06
    15OCT06
    Current


    EB-3
    15SEPT05
    15MAY04
    22APR02
    22DEC04



     
    Read the full Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com or www.ilw.com.
  5. PRES. OBAMA'S IMMIGRATION SPEECH

    by , 05-10-2011 at 08:28 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo
    On Tuesday President Obama is expected to make a major immigration speech at the US-Mexican border town of El Paso, Texas. That the speech is taking place in El Paso speaks volumes about the US' immigration policy; the debate on the undocumented overwhelms any other immigration issues that this country has.
    The need for healthcare workers in this country is about to explode. Both private and public economic forecasters predict that the jobs that grew in the 2000-10 decade will be the jobs where growth is seen in the 2011-20 decade. The Department of Labor says that these are largely healthcare jobs. It will be telling if the President tries to position legitimate immigration alongside his enforcement aims.
    Read the full Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com or www.ilw.com.
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