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Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration


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While the Senate is readying a first draft Comprehensive Immigration bill and rallies around the country are hoping to influence a new immigration system, the old immigration system continues.  The Department of State has just released the May 2013 Visa Bulletin.  This Visa Bulletin shows more of the same: minor progress from last month's Visa Bulletin, with one notable positive exception.

The big news was a five month improvement in All Other EB-3 to December 1, 2007.  The China EB-3 number also moved to December 1, 2007.  All Other, and Philippine EB-2 dates remained Current.  The Chinese EB-2 visa date moved almost forward by six weeks.

On the other hand, the Philippine EB-3 date was disappointing, moving just one week, to September 15, 2006.  Also disappointing was India EB-2, which remained at September 1, 2004 for the seventh month.  

As MU Law mentioned earlier, we expect the Philippine EB-2 number to remain Current or near Current until Spring/Summer 2013, when it should become unavailable as it does most Summers.


May 2013 Visa Bulletin
  All Other Countries China India Philippines
EB-2 Current 15MAY08 01SEP04 Current
EB-3 01DEC07 01DEC07 22DEC02 15SEP06


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  1. Rajani's Avatar

    Will the Nurse Bill or Schedule A category be part of CIR. Any iside news of we have to wait for the summary of the bill?
  2. Chris Musillo's Avatar
    My sense is that there will not be anything specific for Schedule A, but that the expected green card provisions will make nearly all retrogressed green cards current or very close. We'll obviously know a lot more tomorrow.
  3. Rajani's Avatar
    Hi Chris,

    Some conflicting reports are coming whether the CIR will be introduced on 04/16/13 or not. Please update your views.
  4. Chris Musillo's Avatar
    I have heard that it may get pushed back one day because of the terrorism in Boston.
  5. Rajani's Avatar
    Hi Chirs,

    Did you get a chance to go through the summary of proposed CIR? Does it any way help RNs, if enhaned into law.
  6. Chris Musillo's Avatar
    I have gone through the summary. It appears to make everyone who is retrogressed immediately current. Two concerns: (i) we really need to see the language to be sure and (ii) does DHS have the capacity to handle several hundred thousand current green cards.
  7. Rajani's Avatar
    Thank you Chris and look forward to seeing your detailed blog shortly.
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