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    by , 09-22-2011 at 05:14 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)

    by Chris Musillo

    The NPTE announces these test dates for the next several dates. In order to schedule for one of the two upcoming exams, please click:

    October 26, 2011 (Updated 9/19/2011)
    December 5, 2011 (Updated 9/19/2011)

    NPTE Test Dates

    Test Date
    Registration Deadline
    Jurisdiction Deadline
    Scores Reported

    Oct 26, 2011
    Sept 26, 2011
    Oct 10, 2011
    Nov 2, 2011

    Dec 5, 2011
    Nov 5, 2011
    Nov 21, 2011
    Dec 12, 2011

    Future dates in 2012 are available at the FSBPT webpage.
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  2. H-1B CAP COUNT: 32,200

    by , 09-19-2011 at 09:27 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo
    The Fiscal Year 2012 (FY2012) H-1B cap season began on April 1, 2011. Since April 1, a mere 32,200 H-1B cap-subject Petitions have been receipted by USCIS as of September 9, 2011. This is much lower than in recent years and likely reflects the fact that US employers are not hiring workers, including foreign-national workers.
    To put this in perspective, in FY 2011, which began April 1, 2010, the USCIS has receipted about 38,000 H-1Bs through September 17, 2010. Many healthcare professions ordinarily qualify for H-1B status, including Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Therapists, and someRegistered Nursing positions.
    For three years the H-1B demand has decreased. This is compelling evidence that H-1B workers are not used to drive down US worker's wages. If H-1B workers were used to drive down wages, H-1B demand would remain consistent in a decreasing economy, since US employers would still want to save money on salary expenses.
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  3. October 2011 visa bulletin

    by , 09-12-2011 at 05:54 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)

    by*Chris Musillo

    The Department of State has just released the October 2011 Visa Bulletin. The October Visa Bulletin is the first Visa Bulletin of US Fiscal Year 2012.

    As recently has been the case, the dates moved up slowly but steadily, averaging a one month improvement.

    Oct 2011 Visa Bulletin

    All Other Countries



    The Visa Bulletin included this prediction on future movement of dates:

    Employment Second:

    Worldwide: Current
    China and India: The current cut-off date is approaching the most favorable date previously reached for applicants from China and India. The rapid forward movement is intended to generate demand based on new filings for adjustment of status at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices, which currently accounts for over 85% of all Employment-based number use. Once the level of demand increases sufficiently, it may be necessary to slow or stop the cut-off movement, and a retrogression of the cut-offs at some point during the year is a distinct possibility.
    Mexico: Current
    Philippines: Current
    Employment Third:
    Worldwide: up to one month
    China: one to three weeks
    India: up to two weeks
    Mexico: up to one month
    Philippines: up to one month
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    by , 08-31-2011 at 06:24 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo
    MU's Chris Musillo is one of the three presenting faculty members for the American Immigration Lawyers Association's September 13, 2011 teleconference on Consular Issues impacting Immigration: India, Philippines, and China. Chris will be speaking on hot issues effecting processing at the US Embassy inManila.
    From the AILA new release:
    Which are the consular posts that process the highest volume of visa applications? What are the most common issues visa applicants and their attorneys face when dealing with these posts? Are there ways to minimize the stress involved in processing H-1Bs and Blanket L and individual L-1 applications?
    The seminar wraps up with a Q&A session and will cover the following topics:

    Common Issues with H-1B, Blanket L and Individual L Applications at Post India
    Common Issues Faced by Applicants In Consular Posts In China
    Overcoming 214(b) at American Embassy in Manila When Seeking a Visa to Take a Licensing Exam
    How to Deal with Delays Caused by Administrative Processing

    To register for this teleconference, please visit the AILA website. The teleconference is approved for CLE credits in most states.
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    by , 08-29-2011 at 08:11 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    The Prevailing Wage Determination (PWD) usually is the first step in the processing of an employment-based green card. This is a necessary beginning step for most occupations, including IT and healthcare occupations. The PWD is filed with the US Department of Labor (DOL).

    In July, the DOL ceased processing PWDs as the direct result of a lawsuit affecting their H-2B applications. As a result of that lawsuit the entire PERM and Schedule A green card system has been disrupted.
    Until the DOL re-commences the processing of PWDs, PERM and Schedule A green card cases may be delayed. It does appear that the resolution is forthcoming. There are reports that the first PWDs in several weeks have been received by the immigration community. If you have any questions on this, please do not hesitate to contact Musillo Unkenholt.

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