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Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration

STEM VISA BILL INTRODUCED

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by Chris Musillo


The long-awaited STEM visa bill has been introduced into the House of Representatives by powerful House Judiciary Chair Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX).  Versions of the STEM visa bill have been pushed in the past, but this one might be the best effort for enactment. 




The STEM visa bill eliminates the 55,000 visa lottery and reserves these visas for graduates of US Masters Programs in STEM occupations.  STEM occupations include Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  The STEM visa bill includes language that limits its usage by some on-line only and for-profit colleges.  The bill is expected to have wide support from many Congressman and Senators.  Although President Obama has not commented on the bill, the conventional wisdom is that he would support the bill.  Challenger Mitt Romney would almost certainly support the bill.  He has advocated that he would "like to staple a green card to their diploma".




Although allied healthcare occupations are not listed in the current version of the bill, the bill would help allied occupations by essentially increasing employment-based green card numbers by about 25%.  Also, legislators could add healthcare occupations to the bill prior to enactment or even after enactment. 




The biggest holdup to bill is the Congressional calendar.  The calendar only has a few more legislative days between now and the Presidential election on November 6, 2012.  There may be an active "lame duck" legislative period.  The lame duck period is the period between the elections and the introduction of the new Congress and President in January 2013.


UPDATE (9/18/2012 11:00 AM ET): The Hill is reporting that Sen. Schumer (D-NY) will be introducing a related, although not identical, bill in the Senate.  The report also indicates that Rep. Smith's bill may not only be introduced but passed this week.




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  1. Halloween games's Avatar
    I just retweeted this Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration:
    STEM VISA BILL INTRODUCED.
  2. yemek's Avatar
    I include the knowledge much arrange it takes to use into creating a article, and although I don't especially play along with both of your points you deffinatly changed my perspective on one
  3. Linda's Avatar
    Personally I do think all health professionals who have master degree or above such as M.Sc (Nursing), Pharm.D, MD should be included in this STEM visa bill. In Canada, Pharm.D and MD are mandatory to have Canadian green cards because Pharmacy & Medicine are academic majors specific to their country's specialized trainings. In US, Pharmacy & Medicine are adhered to licensures too---so why don't grant green cards to them. Also, I know some Pharmacy & medicine foreign students are back to their home countries but they like to immigrate to US---will US offered this STEM visa for those who back home to immigrate too?----I hope they will get those STEM visa too because Pharmacy & Medicine are licensed specific to the country's specialized trainings.
    Hope legislators can read my comments.
  4. Cpr For Health Professional's Avatar
    Very useful blog and well written. I definitely think that this will help me a lot.
    I appreciate all your work. Thank you.
  5. Chantak's Avatar
    Marilyn, I always find your words to be such an upntifilg encouragement. Thank you soooo much for taking the time to bless me with them. I appreciate your continual support in all I do and for how much you believe I am going to make an impact in this world and in others lives via my thoughts, wisdom, and words. I am definitely praying that I can (just a little bit) while bringing glory to God in the gifts and talents He has given me. Much gratitude. XOXO
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