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  1. Fewer Nurses Means Greater Risk of Death

    by , 03-22-2011 at 06:20 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by*Chris Musillo

    Sometime in 2011, Congress may wish to revisit the*US' immigration policy. MU has consistently called on Congress to raise the artificial limits on true shortage occupations, such as Registered Nursing. At present, it takes a fully-qualified foreign-trained Registered Nurse about six years to obtain an immigrant visa. These nurses pass identical licensing exams to US nurses. They also must pass English fluency exams.
    The Department of Labor continues to point to nursing as one of the*occupations in the shortest supply.
    Now, comes a*March 17, 2011*New England Journal of Medicine*research paper confirming that*Fewer Nurses Means a Higher Risk of Death. The study, authored by well known researchers such as Dr. Peter Buerhaus, cites hundreds of thousands of admissions and nurse work shifts. The researchers found that*a patient's risk of death increased by about two percent for each work shift that was what the researchers categorized as understaffed.
    The study was also subject of a recent*Scientific American*podcast, which is freely available for download.
    The*US' immigration policy is woeful on so many fronts, but liberalized nurse visa rules should be a simple one to fix because the benefits to Americans would be enormous.

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    Read the full Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at*www.musillo.com*or*www.ilw.com.
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  2. USCIS to show deference on Non-Profit Affiliation H-1B Rule

    by , 03-16-2011 at 07:27 PM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo


    The USCIS has just announced that it will give deference to Petitioners who have previous approvals in all non-profit H-1B cap-exempt cases.
    Non-profit entities that are related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education have long been approved as cap-exempt Petitioners. This has allowed these Petitioners to file H-1B Petitions regardless of whether the H-1B cap had been reached. In the recent past, however, the USCIS has taken a strict interpretation on the question of whether a non-profit was "related" to an institution of higher learning (e.g. a University).
    The new USCIS policy will allow those Petitioners who previously have been granted approvals to file new H-1B cases confidently without fear of inconsistent adjudication. The burden will be on these Petitioners to prove that they have been approved for cap-exempt H-1Bs in the past.

     
    Read the full Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com or www.ilw.com.
     
  3. April 2011 Visa Bulletin

    by , 03-09-2011 at 09:24 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    The Department of State has just released the April 2011 Visa Bulletin. This Visa Bulletin had very small progress in several classifications.






    March 2011 Visa Bulletin


     
    All Other Countries
    China
    India
    Mexico


    EB-2
    Current
    22JUL06
    08MAY06
    Current


    EB-3
    22JUL05
    01MAR04
    08APR02
    08MAY04



     
    Read the full Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com or www.ilw.com.
  4. FSBPT to have fixed testing for all applicants

    by , 03-08-2011 at 02:38 PM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo
    The FSBPT has just announced that they will be using a fixed test date for all applicants regardless of country of education or nationality. The FSBPT's web-page posting makes clear that this was in part in response to their unsuccessful defense of the NPTE-i program in Georgia. The fixed test dates for 2011 are:

    September 7, 2011 (Wednesday)
    October 20, 2011 (Thursday)
    December 5, 2011 (Monday)

    In 2012, the FSBPT has committed to five testing days.
    In February a Georgia judge ruled that the FSBPT's previous NPTE-i testing scheme violated Georgia law. The Georgia judge's decision did not address whether or not the NPTE-i violated Georgia discrimination and due process Constitutional issues. Those issues may be addressed in an appeal, should the FSBPT chose to appeal the Georgia court's decision.
    To some degree an appeal would be moot in light of the FSBPT's actions today. MU commends the FSBPT for producing a fair and equitable testing system.
    Read the full Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com or www.ilw.com.
  5. OFWs at NAIA

    by , 03-08-2011 at 06:17 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo
    Effective March 1, 2011 all Overseas Philippine Workers (OFW) who are exiting the Philippines via Ninoy Aquino International Airport must pass through the POEA's Labor Assistance Center prior to boarding their airplane.
    The purpose behind the procedure is to insure that all OFWs are properly documented and have their proper POEA clearance. The POEA's press release says that priority exit lanes will be put into place for recruiting companies who are recipients of performance awards.
    Read the full Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com or www.ilw.com.
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