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Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration


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by Chris Musillo

President Obama has been re-elected for a second four year term.  The Senate and House of Representatives largely have been kept in tact.   As usual, immigration reform is expected to be hotly debated.  Republicans may be willing to cede from their traditional anti-immigration positions, in light of post-election analysis saying that their position is really hurting them with the Latino vote.  It was President George W. Bush's relative success with the immigrant community that propelled him to his two victories.

The obvious place to start would be with employment-based immigration, specifically with immigration for workers in occupational zones that are unfilled by American labor.  Professional nurses and Physical Therapists have been listed on the Department of Labor's Schedule A since 1980.  Schedule A is limited to those occupations that the Department has "determined there are not sufficient United States workers who are able, willing, qualified, and available for the occupations."  

In spite of this obvious shortage, it still takes Physical Therapists several years to obtain US green cards.  For nurses, it much, much worse.  A fully qualified nurse who has passed an English fluency examination and the relevant state's licensing examination must wait approximately seven years to obtain the green card.  If the nurse is Indian, the wait is ten years. This is ridiculous.

The President ought to be able to get the votes to end these delays, which hurt US patients and make intending immigrants question America's desire for their badly needed talent.

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  1. Nurse Waiting's Avatar
    Remember president's comments about nurses? He said" The notion that we would have to import nurses makes absolutely no sense" in 2009.
  2. Jkl's Avatar
    Thank you your commentary Mr. Musillo. Realistically what is the chance to eliminate those ridiculously long wait times for nurses next year?
  3. Chris Musillo's Avatar
    Hi JKL-

    Hard to say. There are several reports out there that Immigration is going to be a big legislative items in early 2013. The last time Congress seriously considered significant immigration legislation was in 2006. At that time nurse visa relief was in the mix. I expect to have several posts on this in the upcoming weeks.
  4. jkl's Avatar
    Oh that is encouraging. Thank you. Looking forward to reading about it in your posts.
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