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Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration

TWO NEW NURSE BILLS INTRODUCED

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by Chris Musillo


Two recent bills have been introduced in the US Congress, both of which purport to ease the immigration process for healthcare professionals.


HR 1929 has been introduced by Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI). Rep. Sensenbrenner has long been harsh on legalization of the undocumented, but sensible on immigration for professionals. Rep. Sensenbrenner has submitted versions of HR 1929 in past Congressional sessions, although none have ultimately become law. Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) is a co-sponsor of the bill.


HR 1929 calls for 20,000 immigrant visas to be issued to Registered Nurses.Nurse's immediate families would also get immediate immigrant visas, but they would not count against the 20,000 quota. In order to use these special visas, employers would be charged an additional $1,500, which would go to funding US nursing programs. These visas also would be available for Physical Therapists. This bill is very similar to several prior bills, notably the Schedule EX visa in the mid-2000s that allowed a one-time visa quota of 50,000 visas for nurses and their families.


While MU applauds the introduction of HR 1929, we expect that the bill will not be enacted into law.


HR 1933 has been introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas. Like Rep. Sensenbrenner, Rep. Smith has long been harsh on legalization of the undocumented, but sensible on immigration for professionals. Rep. Smith's bill calls for the revival of the H-1C program. The H-1C program had been around since the mid-1990s and allowed 14 special hospitals the opportunity to employ nurses. These 14 hospitals are mainly in Texas, which explain Rep. Smith's sponsorship. The H-1C expired in December 2009 and was not reenacted.


MU is in favor of passage of HR 1933, but we are also skeptical that the bill can become law.


Read the full Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com or www.ilw.com.

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  1. mani's Avatar
    Dear Chris,
    I could not understand your statement"MU applauds the introduction of HR 1929, we expect that the bill will not be enacted into law"
    Can you please expedite.

    Thanks

    Regards
    Mani
  2. sagar's Avatar
    Hi Chris,
    Is there any chance for any bill get passed this year..?
    Rgds
    Sagar
  3. Chris Musillo's Avatar
    @Sagar - There is always a chance, but I think that the chance is very small.
  4. Chris Musillo's Avatar
    @Mani- The bill has not been voted on and may never be voted on. It is simply proposed at this juncture.
  5. Rajani's Avatar
    Hi Chris,
    Any news on whether AAIHR, American Hospital Association or Attorneys will lobby for H1929?
  6. Nurse Waiting's Avatar
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/02/republicans-house-immigration-reform-skilled-workers_n_870600.html

    Chris there might be some positive movement, even though it might just be fund raising politics. But do keep us abreast of any news you hear through grapevine.
  7. Chris Musillo's Avatar
    @Rajani- The AAIHR will surely be supporting these bills.
  8. Chris Musillo's Avatar
    @Nurse Waiting - that is certainly an encouraging article. I'll be keeping an eye it and I will certainly ask around if this is going to be a legitimate concern for the Republicans.
  9. Apacha1's Avatar
    This bill hasn't passed since 2005. I want this one to pass, but with the political climate in Washington, I am pretty sure that nothing will happen to this bill or for that matter any legal bill. There will be a lot of lip service about illegal immigration and no one will even bother to look at fixing the legal side of it. The lack of action and leadership, and political will, is a clear indicator of that. Those waiting in line have already started looking else where and are leaving; those waiting for this bill can patiently wait for another 10 years or can move on. My 2 cents!!
  10. Anon's Avatar
    Hi Chris,
    Does the bill HR 1929 - include PT's as well along with the nurses. PT's also come under Schedule A right? Or is it solely for Nurses and PT's are excluded from this act.

    Thanks,
  11. Chris Musillo's Avatar
    Hi Anon:
    Yes. It does provide relief for PTs too.
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