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  1. The Next Decade's Jobs

    by , 01-08-2010 at 06:24 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo
    Where are the next decade's American jobs? The answer is undoubtedly healthcare. Four of the next decade's top 10 occupations with the largest growth are in health care, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics study reported by National Public Radio.

    Leading the pack is Registered Nursing. The US economy expects to demand over a half million RNs (22%) in the next ten years, at an average salary over $60,000 per year. Immigration traditionally has been used to fill obvious US supply shortages. Americans opinions on immigration differ, but after looking at the objective employment numbers, liberalized immigration for healthcare workers ought to be something everyone can agree on.
  2. CHC Healthcare votes as a condition for CIR?

    by , 01-05-2010 at 07:04 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo
    In his first year, President Obama's most significant domestic agenda item has been the development and enactment of a Healthcare bill. The Healthcare bill, which was first floated in the summer, has been plagued by delays and Congressional holdouts. Recently, it has begun to take shape and both houses of Congress have readied their bills. Many pundits expect that the Healthcare bill will be passed and signed by President Obama in the next month or so.

    There are a few hurdles before enactment. Each chamber of the US legislative branch -- the Senate and House - have different versions of the Healthcare bill. US law says that the discrepancies have to be remedied through a process called Conference. The Conference committee ordinarily consists of leaders in the Senate and House. These leaders hammer out a compromise bill and then offer the remedied bill to their respective chambers.

    Each chamber of Congress then brings the compromise bill up for a vote. Ordinarily, the vote is a formality since each party and each chambers' leadership teams obtain approval from all concerned in advance of the vote.

    This series of give and take negotiations provides an opportunity for certain politicians. A January 4, 2010 report published on Talking Points Memo says that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) is conditioning their support for the Healthcare bill. The condition is that the White House takes up CIR this year.

    Rep. Gutierrez, who introduced CIR ASAP in December, heads the CHC. His CIR ASAP contains many measures that are friendly to the immigration of healthcare professionals.
  3. CGFNS Prices Increase

    by , 12-28-2009 at 08:12 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)

     
    by Chris Musillo
     
    CGFNS announced a new pricing structure for its core services and several ancillary services effective January 1, 2010.

    The new fee structure includes increases to almost all programs. Included in the price increase are Applications for the Certification Program, the Credentials Evaluation Service, the Visa Credentials Assessment program, the Credential Verification Service for New York State and other ancillary services.

    The standard Visa Screen price increases to $540, from $498. The renewal Certificate price is increasing from $250 to $275.

  4. H-1 Cap Has Been Reached

    by , 12-22-2009 at 09:28 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
     
    by Chris Musillo
     
    The H-1 cap has been reached. As of December 21, 2009, USCIS has received sufficient petitions to reach the statutory cap for FY2010. USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS will reject cap-subject petitions for new H-1B specialty occupation workers seeking an employment start date in FY2010 that are received after December 21, 2009 USCIS will apply a computer-generated random selection process to all petitions that are subject to the cap and were received on December 21, 2009.
     



    The H-1 cap has been reached. As of December 21, 2009, USCIS has received sufficient petitions to reach the statutory cap for FY2010. USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS will reject cap-subject petitions for new H-1B specialty occupation workers seeking an employment start date in FY2010 that are received after December 21, 2009. USCIS will apply a computer-generated random selection process to all petitions that are subject to the cap and were received on December 21, 2009.



    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.
  5. Holiday Reading

    by , 12-21-2009 at 06:34 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)

    by Chris Musillo

    CIR ASAP (HR 4321) has been published. I have uploaded a copy of it to my docstoc page. Please feel free to download, share, print out, or otherwise distribute. At 640+ pages, it is lengthy.

    The Library of Congress' Thomas database has a hyperlinked version that is better to use if you're just trying to focus on any one section. The important sections for Healthcare immigration are Chapter I, Title III.

    Sec. 301 - Recaptures past unused visa numbers
    Sec. 302 - Exempts LPR dependents from the IV quotas.
    Sec. 303 - Slightly increases the per country quotas.
    Sec. 320 - Provides IV cap exemptions for certain STEM and shortage occupations
    Sec. 321 - Allows those with pending IVs to file Adjustment of Status even if their priority date is not current.

    Happy Holiday reading!
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