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  1. January 2011 Visa Bulletin

    by , 12-10-2010 at 06:00 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)

    by Chris Musillo


    The Department of State has just released the January 2011 Visa Bulletin, which is the fourth Visa Bulletin for US Fiscal Year 2011. This Visa Bulletin had small progress in several classifications.






    January 2011 Visa Bulletin


     
    All Other Countries
    China
    India
    Mexico


    EB-2
    Current
    22JUN06
    08MAY06
    Current


    EB-3
    22MAR05
    15DEC03
    01FEB02
    15APR03



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  2. POEA: Job scammers target medical workers

    by , 12-09-2010 at 08:30 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo
    The Philippine Overseas Employment Agency December 7, 2010 News Advisory cautions that "Medical students, graduates, and practitioners seem to be the favorite targets of employment scammers." The POEA is the Philippine government's regulatory agency for exiting Philippine nationals.

    The News Advisory cites fraudulent employers posing to be healthcare facilities in Israel, Guam, and Switzerland, and says that the American Federal Bureau of Investigation is examining an alleged fake hospital in Guam.
    Read the full Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com or www.ilw.com.
  3. H-1B Cap Update: Fewer than 15,000 H-1B visas remaining

    by , 12-01-2010 at 05:41 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo


    As of November 26, 2010, approximately 50,400 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted. Additionally, USCIS has receipted 18,400 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees. There are 65,000 "regular" cap-subject visas and 20,000 "advanced degree" H-1Bs".


    Historically, as the H-1B usage number has gotten closer to 65,000, the number of filings increases. Accordingly, MU urges all MU to prepare that the H-1B cap will be reached in January 2010, and may even be reached by year's end.
    The H-1B is the common employment-based nonimmigrant visa. The H-1B is a common visa for healthcare professionals such as Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists,some nursing positions, and other professions ordinarily associated with a Bachelors degree or greater. The H-1B traditionally has been in great demand by the IT community.
    Generally speaking "new" H-1B petitions are subject to the H-1B cap. Employees that may need an H-1B visa include:

    - International students working on an EAD card under an OPT or CPT program after having attended a U.S. school;
    - International employees working on a TN may need an H-1B filed for them in order for them to pursue a permanent residency (green card) case;
    - Prospective international employees in another visa status e.g. H-4, L-2, J-1, F-1;- H-1B workers with a cap exempt organization; and
    - Prospective international employees currently living abroad.

    International workers who are working here in the U.S. on an H-1B visa with another cap-subject employer are not subject to H-1B cap. These cases are commonly referred to as "transfer" cases and may be filed at any time throughout the year.


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  4. The future of nursing and the H-1B

    by , 11-22-2010 at 08:32 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)

    by Chris Musillo

    H-1B visas for nurses can be difficult, although many are approved each year. The key driver for success is not the applicant's credentials, but the hospital/facility's educational entry requirements for the position. In order to obtain an H-1B visa, the position must require a Bachelors degree as the minimum educational requirement for the position.

    The USCIS has struggled with this concept; they tend to be skeptical of H-1Bs for nurses. The seminal USCIS Guidance Memo was written in 2002, and has not been updated to account for the fact that many hospitals and facilities now require a Bachelors degree for all of their nurses. This is especially true in certain units and in magnet facilities.

    The New York Times says that about 50% of all nurses hold a Bachelors degree. It should not come as a surprise to the USCIS that the Bachelors degree requirement increasingly is becoming the norm. The Johnson Foundation, long on the cutting edge of nursing educational studies, is cited in the Times piece. JF contends that growing that number to 80% is a realistic and worthwhile goal. As the number of Bachelor degreed nurses swells, the H-1B likely will become even a more viable immigration strategy.

    Read the full Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com or www.ilw.com.
  5. December 2010 Visa Bulletin

    by , 11-15-2010 at 06:37 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
     



    by Chris Musillo


    The Department of State has just released the December 2010 Visa Bulletin, which is the third Visa Bulletin for US Fiscal Year 2011. This Visa Bulletin had small progress in several classifications.
      
     





    December 2010 Visa Bulletin




    All Other Countries
    China
    India
    Mexico


    EB-2
    Current
    08JUN06
    08MAY06
    Current


    EB-3
    22FEB05
    08DEC03
    22JAN02
    01JUL02






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