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  1. MASSACHUSETTS PUTS OUT THE WELCOME MAT FOR H-1B WORKERS

    by , 10-01-2014 at 01:25 PM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    The State of Massachusetts has hit upon an ingenious plan to widen the path for H-1B workers and employers, as reported by CNN/Money. By using the H-1B “concurrent” employer program and coupling it with the H-1B “cap exemption” for Universities, Massachusetts will help foreign entrepreneurs obtain H-1B visas to work in Massachusetts.

    The plan appears to work like this: the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative will vet prospective H-1B entrepreneurs. When an innovative entrepreneur is identified, the Collaborative will find a Massachusetts University to sponsor the H-1B worker under the “cap exemption” rule. This rule says that an H-1B worker who is sponsored by a University is not subject to the H-1B lottery.

    Because there is no set required number of hours that the H-1B worker must be employed at the University, the expectation is that the H-1B worker will only work 8-10 hours per week at the University.

    Presumably, the H-1B start-up will then sponsor the H-1B worker for a “concurrent” H-1B visa. The H-1B employee will spend the rest of the work-week employed by the start-up.

    Without the assistance of the University, the plan would not work because the start-up’s H-1B sponsorship would normally be subject to the H-1B lottery. The plan is an elegant and creative one to deal with an outdated H-1B cap.

    There is no reason that Massachusetts has to limit this plan to entrepreneurs. It could also be used to help fill critically short healthcare occupations.

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  2. FSBPT LAUNCHES PLAN FOR INTERSTATE LICENSE COMPACT

    by , 09-25-2014 at 10:31 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) is in the nascent stage of developing a Physical Therapy license compact. FSBPT’s aim is to reduce regulatory burdens by allowing cross-state practice for licensed Physical Therapists. The nursing profession has had a nursing compact since 2000. According to FSPBT, 24 states participate in the nursing compact.

    FSBPT’s Advisory Task Force has recommended a similar model to the nursing compact.
    The licensee participant must hold one valid, current, unrestricted license his or her primary state of residence, notify any remote states in which s/he will be practicing and pay a fee to the remote state.

    The final language is expected to be ready for review in mid-2015. If a state wishes to participate in the PT license compact, that state will need to pass the final language into law. This likely requires state legislative action.

    FSPBT has a series of articles and FAQs on their webpage.


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  3. DELAYS AT THE NVC

    by , 09-22-2014 at 10:53 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    The progression of priority dates in the recent few months has been exciting news for many, especially those EB-3 applicants who have been patiently waiting for their green cards for many years.

    Unfortunately the unexpected progression has swamped the National Visa Center. The NVC is now issuing letters indicating that NVC cases will be delayed for 60 days. Here is an excerpt from a stock form letter that our office has received in the last few days. We have received about a dozen of these letters.


    We are currently receiving an increased number of approved petitions from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. As a result, we are experiencing increased review times for documents received.

    We expect it will be at least 60 days from the date we received your mail before we complete the review of your documents. We will notify you when we review your documents.

    We are working to reduce these processing times and we appreciate your patience.

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  4. NVC FEE BILL REDUCTION

    by , 09-16-2014 at 09:10 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    The Department of State has just reduced the price that it charges for an immigrant visa NVC Fee Bill. The new fee is $345, which is decrease of $60 from the old rate of $405. It is a steep reduction from a few years ago when the NVC Fee Bill charge was $720.

    The new, lower fee is effective September 12, 2014. Fees that will decrease are not refundable. If you paid a visa fee before September 12, 2014 and that fee decreased, the NVC will not issue a refund.

    Many other fees associated with the visa process changed on September 12. Some nonimmigrant visa fees increased. For fees that will increase (nonimmigrant fees only), Visa fees paid will be accepted 90 days after the new fees go into effect.


    • If you paid your visa fee before September 12, 2014, and your visa interview is on or before December 11, 2014, you do not have to pay the difference between the new and old fee amounts.
    • If you paid your visa fee before September 12, 2014, and your visa interview is on or after December 12, 2014, you will be required to pay the difference between the old and new fee amounts.


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  5. VISA BULLETIN OCTOBER 2014

    by , 09-10-2014 at 02:33 PM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    The Department of State has just released the October 2014 Visa Bulletin. This is the first Visa Bulletin of the 2015 US Fiscal Year, which begins October 1, 2014.

    The Philippines EB-3 has again had a substantial progression. It is now at October 2011, which is a four year jump in the last four months. It remains consistent with the All Other (ROW) EB-3 date.

    India EB-2 also remained at May 2009. India EB-3 unfortunately remains stuck in November 2003.

    The Chinese EB-3 number continued to move dramatically and inconsistently. It is now at April 2009.



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    Updated 09-10-2014 at 04:22 PM by CMusillo

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