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  1. July 2011 visa bulletin

    by , 06-10-2011 at 07:06 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)

    by*Chris Musillo

    The Department of State has just released the July 2011 Visa Bulletin. The Chinese and Indian EB-2 categories had notable progress, each jumping 6 months. On the other hand, the EB-3 categories had very little progress from last month.







    July 2011 Visa Bulletin


    *
    All Other Countries
    China
    India
    Mexico


    EB-2
    Current
    08MAR07
    08MAR07
    Current


    EB-3
    08OCT05
    01JUL04
    01MAY02
    01JUL05



    Read the full Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com or www.ilw.com.
  2. US HEALTHCARE SECTOR GROWING SIGNIFICANTLY

    by , 06-09-2011 at 07:08 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo
    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) has just reported that the employment numbers in the healthcare sector continue to defy the overall US economy. Hospitals and other healthcare employers have been adding an average of 24,000 jobs per month from June 1, 2010 - June 1, 2011.
    Nursing is the largest employment segment of the healthcare sector. While the nursing shortage abated between 2008 and 10, the BLS still projects nursing to be the shortest occupational classification in the foreseeable future, as do private foundations.
    For instance, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Institute of Medicine released its report on The Future of Nursingin October 2010. The report called for increasing the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in the workforce to 80% and doubling the population of nurses with doctoral degrees.
    Foreign-trained nurses are almost always baccalaureate-prepared and will necessarily have to be a component of any increase in US nurse supply. While no one wants foreign nurses to take US nurses' jobs, the numbers plainly show that foreign nurse recruitment must be increased or else US patient's care will be compromised.
    Read the full Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com or www.ilw.com.
  3. 2011 NPTE SUMMIT TO FOCUS ON SECURITY

    by , 06-06-2011 at 10:44 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo
    FSBPT has scheduled an NPTE Summit to focus on policy implications for PT licensure in light of recent NPTE security breaches. FSBPT seeks to create a set of recommendations to the FSBPT board of directors about the testing process and to develop a preliminary communication strategy of the recommendations to members and stakeholders.
    Expected attendees include jurisdiction members and administrators, FSBPT committee members and representatives of APTA's board and staff, Academic Council, Student Council, PTA Caucus and Prometric. The AAIHR should also be in attendance.
    The NPTE Summit is scheduled for July 29-31, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.
    Read the full Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com or www.ilw.com.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
     
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