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  1. Registered Nurses Immigration Update (June 2018)

    Never in the past 40 years have I seen the immigration process for RNs applying for working visas and green cards change as much as it has in the past few months.

    On Friday, June 8, nurse recruiter Tanya Freedman and I will speak about some of these changes on Facebook Live and what foreign-born nurses and healthcare providers in the US can do to better prepare and take advantage of these changes.

    For the first time ever, RN staffing companies across the US have seen I-140 visa petitions for RNs denied by the hundreds by the USCIS. As with IT staffing companies, the USCIS is demanding that the staffing companies be directing the day-to-day activities of the nurses in order to be considered their “employer” for immigration purposes.

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    On the bright side, thousands of RNs from the Philippines, India and many other countries have immigrated to Canada during the past 10 years. Many of these nurses preferred to come to the US, but the lack of job opportunities and long waiting times discouraged them from doing so. Now, they are Canadian citizens and are eligible to work in the US on TN (Trade NAFTA) visas.

    Also, the waiting times for Filipino RNs to get green cards in the US have considerably improved over the past few years. As recently as June 2016, the backlog was nearing 8 years. Now, it is less than 2 years. RNs from other countries (except India and China) have no backlogs whatsoever.

    Many of the hospitals and other health care providers that we represent have been doing the following:

    1. Sponsoring RNs for green cards whose petitions for green cards filed by staffing companies have been denied and who are looking for employment opportunities;

    2. Hiring RNs who are Canadian/Mexican citizens and sponsoring them for TN status; and

    3. Sponsoring RNs for green cards who have EAD work permits in the US or who are living

    Updated 06-14-2018 at 04:04 PM by CShusterman

  2. American Workers Are Paying a Terrible Price for Being Seduced by Trump's Siren Song of Anti-Immigrant Scapegoating. Roger Algase

    During his campaign, Donald Trump ran as an anti-elitist candidate who promised to "drain the swamp" and stand up for ordinary American working people. Promising to protect the jobs and wages of American workers was also a key part of his attacks on immigrants, in addition to his appeals to white anti-immigrant racism which helped so much to gain the support of less educated working class voters.

    Almost immediately upon taking office as president after an election which he could not possibly have won without the large-scale defection to his side of working people who had previously supported President Obama, one of Trump's first actions was to issue his "Buy American - Hire American" executive order which was based on the premise that legal immigrants, not only unauthorized immigrants, are threatening American workers' jobs, wages and standard of living.

    Since that time, Trump has used the specter of job competition by both skilled and unskilled foreign workers to attack or seek to eliminate legal visas for both skilled workers including H-1B employees and their H-4 spouses, and less skilled workers who now have the opportunity to come to the US through programs such as extended family immigration and the Diversity Visa lottery.

    But who has gained from Trump's assault on legal immigrants as potential job stealers who undermine American workers? One group of people has gained a great deal - billionaires, polluters, large banks and other members of the wealthy elite whom Trump claimed to oppose as a candidate.

    They have been doing quite well, thank you, from Trump's tax cuts for the rich, deregulation and practice of putting industry lobbyists in key positions of government, including agencies which are supposed to protect the public such as the EPA, in what is already being called one of the most corrupt administrations in modern US history. See

    How Donald Trump's kleptocracy is undermining American democracy

    But how well are the ordinary American working people whose jobs, wages and standard of living Trump's promised to protect as part of his anti-immigrant siren song doing?

    A January 26 article by the Center for American Progress Action lists at least 35 ways in which ordinary American workers, millions of whom voted for Donald Trump, are being devastated by his anti-union, anti-worker policies. See:

    President Trump's Policies Are Hurting American Workers

    Some readers may no doubt be relieved to know that I will be taking a short break from posting further comments for the next week or two in order to catch up with other pressing items of business.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 06-04-2018 at 01:34 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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