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Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration

Summary of CIR ASAP

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Both Reform For America and the Immigration Policy Center have summarized the Bill. According to the IPC summary, the ENSRA has been included in CIR ASAP. This means that nursing petitions will be exempt from the Immigrant Visa numbers, which is the legislation that groups such as the AAIHR have been pushing all along.




Here are the other highlights for Healthcare workers and Employers:


- Recapture of all Immigrant Visas (Family & Employment) from 1998-2008. Unfortunately this does not include the largest numbers from the 1990s; (UPDATE- The IPC summary says that the recapture is 1992-2008, which makes more sense and is better)

- STEM occupations exempt from the Immigrant Visa numbers.

- Immediate relatives exempt from Immigrant Visas quotas (this could be enormous and would be responsible for slicing the immigrant visa retrogression backlogs);

- Increases the per country visa cap, thus ameliorating the Indian, Chinese, and Mexican retrogressions;

- Spouses and Children of LPRs are Immediate Relatives and therefore IV quota-free;

- Employers have affirmative obligation to report recruiters working on their behalf and can be held liable for the crimes of the recruiter;

- Before an employer can hire an H-1B worker, the employer must meet strict requirements for the recruitment of American workers. This would also likely help Healthcare Petitions since the Healthcare staffing shortages are well-documented.

 

Updated from a prior post.

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  1. anonymous's Avatar
    Hello,
    You just wrote, "While it doesn't give Healthcare workers any preferred standing in the immigration scheme..." On Greg Siskand's blog he put a link to American Immigration Council's summary of CIR. In their summary it says, "Exempts from skilled worker numerical cap U.S. educated foreign nationals who receive science, technology, engineering and math degrees and other critical workforce graduates.Exempts foreign nurses from current numerical limitations and provides new programs to fund and develop domestic nursing supply and encourage training of other domestic health care professionals," under Title III. Any comments on that?
  2. Chris Musillo's Avatar
    Yes. I saw that and updated my original post. Good news all around!
  3. Ian's Avatar
    Hi Chris,

    I'm not familiar with the process after CIR ASAP is introduced. Can you explain what are the steps/process that this bill will go through and the estimated schedule of each steps towards the appoval and implementation of this bill?

    Thanks in advance,
    Ian
  4. Paul's Avatar
    I don't have an EB-3 petition yet because I have tourist visa. Should I go ahead and get an EB-3 visa petition with an employer?
  5. Adi's Avatar
    Well good bill. Some democrats and most republicans are already calling it dead. With this healthcare drama still unfolding like a real life tv show, what are chances of CIRASAP?
  6. Chris Musillo's Avatar
    @ Paul-

    There is no downside (other than cost) to filing an EB-3, so you should file it.
  7. Chris Musillo's Avatar
    @ Ian-

    Later this week I will post a step/process map for the bill to become law.

    Here is the short version: House passses the bill. Senate passes the bill. (Can be flipped -- Senate can go first). The Senate and House meet to remedy any differences between the bills. Then Pres. Obama signs it.
  8. Chris Musillo's Avatar
    @Adi-

    The initial reaction is always going to be overly positive from one side and overly negative from the other side. The good news is that the politicians are pushing the bill and have introduced it, which is a necessary step. One fear that everyone had was that CIR would be put on the backburner. But the introduction of CIR ASAP quells that fear.
  9. Adi's Avatar
    Chris,

    Thanks for your replies and keeping our nerves cool. I understand its an effort to keep up with the blog. Good work.

    Regards,
    Adi
  10. Sagar's Avatar
    Hi Folks,
    I have a doubt; If Health care bill passed, it will make millions of Americans to access to hospitals; that case, they need more medical staff like docs, nurses, physical therapist etc..? So, that way, passing Health care will help nurses and P therapist to get their GC?
    Any comments..?
  11. nagamani's Avatar
    Hello

    I don't think it is true that Nurses are exempted. If it is so then there should not be any bill such as ENSRA. Hope I am not wrong.
  12. nagamani's Avatar
    And one more thing is just planning for training of local nurses is not enough. Even for training these local nurses foreign nurses are essential without which it is not possible at all. It's my view.
  13. Monster LadyGaga's Avatar
    - Recapture of all Immigrant Visas (Family & Employment) from 1998-2008. Unfortunately this does not include the largest numbers from the 1990s; (UPDATE- The IPC summary says that the recapture is 1992-2008, which makes more sense and is better)
    - STEM occupations exempt from the Immigrant Visa numbers.
    - Immediate relatives exempt from Immigrant Visas quotas (this could be enormous and would be responsible for slicing the immigrant visa retrogression backlogs);
    - Increases the per country visa cap, thus ameliorating the Indian, Chinese, and Mexican retrogressions;
    - Spouses and Children of LPRs are Immediate Relatives and therefore IV quota-free;
    - Employers have affirmative obligation to report recruiters working on their behalf and can be held liable for the crimes of the recruiter;
    - Before an employer can hire an H-1B worker, the employer must meet strict requirements for the recruitment of American workers. This would also likely help Healthcare Petitions since the Healthcare staffing shortages are well-documented.
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