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Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration


  1. Increased Demand for Advanced Practice Nurses

    by , 11-06-2009 at 09:25 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo
    The NY Times Prescriptions blog is an excellent source for information on the Healthcare debate that is raging in the US. Congress and the President presently are debating who will qualify for health issuance, how the insurance will be funded, and how health services will be delivered.

    Today's Prescriptions' post highlights that Nurse Practitioners will surely be a growing field in the US. As noted in the NYT blog, "the American Academy of Family Practitioners projects a shortfall of 40,000 physician generalists -- family practitioners, pediatricians, general internists and geriatricians -- by 2020, even without significant changes to the current health care system." Other graduate level nursing education is also likely to be in greater demand in the next decade.

    Because of this demand, and because of the relatively easy H-1B nonimmigrant visa option for Advance Practice Nurses, the safest path to US immigration is to obtain Advance Practice Certification. For staffing companies and recruiters, Advance Practice Nursing is the next need.
  2. H-1B Cap at 53,800

    by , 11-03-2009 at 02:01 PM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo
    The H-1B Petition is still a valid option for many healthcare workers including PTs, OTs, SLPs, Pharmacists and some nurses. Seven months into this term's fiscal year quota, the H-1B cap has not been reached. But that may not be the case for long.

    The USCIS has reported a jump in cap-subject approvals in October. As of October 30, 2009, approximately 53,800 H-1B cap-subject petitions and approximately 20,000 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption have been filed. The Masters quota cap effectively has been reached, although a few "extra" numbers may be released if the USCIS denies some pending Masters cap-subject cases.

    Going forward, any H1-B petitions filed on behalf of an alien with an advanced degree will now count toward the general H1-B cap of 65,000. USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits, taking into account the fact that some of these petitions may be denied, revoked, or withdrawn.

    Also, the USCIS just has announced that it will continue to accept the old Form G-28.
  3. U.S. Jobs Outlook (Finally) Improving

    by , 10-29-2009 at 07:16 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)

    Post written by Cindy Unkenholt

    According to an article earlier this week that was featured on, the National Association for Business Economics is reporting that for the first time in nearly two years more employers are planning to hire, rather than cut, staff. Similarly, it was noted that more companies increased their capital spending than the number that cut spending. Unemployment is still at historically high levels, but this report is one of many signals that the worst may be over.

    While this is clearly good news -- demand for Physical Therapy, Registered Nursing, Occupation Therapist, Speech Langauge Pathologists and other healthcare occupations still expect to be in great demand -- a word of caution may also be in order. An improving job market in the U.S. will likely eventually be reflected in an increase in H-1B petitions filed with the USCIS. Among the top twenty occupations predicted for significant growth were several in IT and healthcare, including: Systems Engineers, Physical Therapists, Computer/Network Security Consultants, Software Developers, and Occupational Therapists. These occupations have been common users of the H-1B program in the United States. Physical Therapists, for example, have long been designated by the U.S. Department of Labor as a national shortage occupation and recruited from abroad.

    The USCIS last updated the 2010 H-1B "Cap Count" on September 25, 2009. At that time, there had been approximately 46,700 H-1B petitions filed towards the annual quota of 65,000. Most casual observers see that this is only a few thousand more than were filed as of April 1, 2009, the first day employers were able to file H-1B petitions for the current fiscal year. However, insiders believe that while the economy has significantly reduced the number of H-1B petitions being filed. There has also been a large increase in denials which has impacted the overall number of petitions counted against the quota.

    As the U.S. economy and job market continue to improve, the number of H-1B filings may begin to steadily increase. In the short term, there appears to be no cause for alarm. However, if you anticipate any key hires or significant staffing increases, it may be prudent to keep your eye on the cap count in the first quarter of 2010.

  4. FCCPT News

    by , 10-26-2009 at 10:45 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)

    by Chris Musillo
    The Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) is one of the two US government-approved organizations that are authorized to evaluate the educational credentials of internationally-trained Physical Therapists. FCCPT has just launched a new website which is easier to use than their prior website. The new site allows for electronic tracking and reporting.

    In other FCCPT news, FCCPT recently discontinued use of the Type II Certification. Now all applicants to FCCPT must obtain the Type I Certificate. FCCPT has also announced the implementation of the most current Coursework Evaluation Tool-5, for use as of July 1, 2009. Any evaluations for current standards begun after July 1, 2009 will reflect the requirements on the new tool CWT-5.
  5. MU at ASHHRA

    by , 10-22-2009 at 07:59 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)

    by Chris MusilloMU's Chris Musillo has been selected as a Speaker at the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration's (ASHHRA) 45th Annual Conference in Chicago. ASHHRA is the US' premier organization exclusively dedicated to meeting the professional needs of human resources leaders in health care. More than 3,350 human resources professionals across the US are members.

    The Annual Conference takes place in Chicago and runs from November 1-3, 2009. Chris' session is Monday at 4:45 and is one of the Learning Sessions.

    Chris' talk will be on Strategic Healthcare Immigration. He will demonstrate the best practices in recruiting foreign trained RNs, PTs and other allied professionals. The session will highlight pitfalls in the process, and advise human resource professionals on how to avoid such pitfalls.

    If you are attending the conference, please contact Chris if there are any specific items that you would like him to address.
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