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Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration


  1. FCCPT News

    by , 10-26-2009 at 09:45 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.
  2. MU at ASHHRA

    by , 10-22-2009 at 06:59 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.
  3. The pieces are being put on the chessboard

    by , 10-19-2009 at 05:36 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo
    Sometime in the next few months, the US is going to revisit its ongoing discussion on immigration reform. The leading plan seems to be for Congress to address the issue via a Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) package.   CIR is expected to address many issues, including hot-button issues such as undocumented workers.

    The big question is how Congress will remedy its immigration policy for healthcare workers. For some occupations, the current program is unworkable. For instance, it presently takes about 7 years for a fully qualified nurse to enter the US.

    These RNs are fully qualified. They have graduated from international schools and had their education validated by US states' Boards of Nursing. They have taken and passed the US NCLEX licensure exam, and met all other individual state requirements for licensure, including passing English fluency exams. Every single RN in the queue has been offered a job by a US employer.

    There is no debate that these RNs are needed in the US, in spite of the current employment condition in the US. The predictions for US nursing supply over the next decade are disastrous.
    The IT community recognizes a similar set of fundamentals in their industry. Recently, the Semiconductor Industry of America (SIA) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) co-authored a letter to the ranking members of the Congressional Subcommittee on Immigration. The letter calls for sensible immigration reform, including reforming quotas to match the needs of all interested parties. One of the aims is to reduce the enormous visa wait times for green cards for qualified workers. These reforms will also help healthcare workers, such as RNs. The healthcare industry continues to work the issue as well.

  4. Wexler to resign

    by , 10-15-2009 at 06:29 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)

    by Chris Musillo

    Rep. Wexler (D-FL) is expected to resign his Congressional seat. He expected to leave Congress in order to work for a nonprofit whose aim is to promote peace in the Middle East.

    Rep. Wexler is the primary sponsor of HR 2536, the Emergency Nursing Supply Relief Act. HR 2536 has failed to gain traction in Congress this term, garnering only 4 co-sponsors. Last term a similar bill had over 20 co-sponsors.

    The news isn't as dire as it might seem. The most likely positive scenario is that the ENSRA is folded into Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee Chairman Charles Schumer (D-NY) had planned to introduce CIR legislation in September. He has since changed tact and wants to first get GOP support for a possible bipartisan bill. He is working behind the scenes to do so.
  5. November 2009 Visa Bulletin

    by , 10-12-2009 at 06:10 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)

    by Chris Musillo

    The November 2009 Visa Bulletin has been released. There have been some small changes from the October 2009 Visa Bulletin, but no major changes.

    EB1: All Current
    EB2: All Current, except China (01APR05) and India (22JAN05)
    EB3: All 01JUN02, except India (22APR01).

    The November Bulletin did contain this note:

    The receipt of demand from Citizenship and Immigration Services Offices has far exceeded their earlier indications of cases eligible for immediate processing. As a result, it has been necessary to hold most of the Employment cut-off dates for November. At this time, it is not possible to provide any estimates regarding future cut-off date movements.
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