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Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration

The Most Important Visa Bulletin Ever

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The January 2010 Visa Bulletin has just been released and it is the most important Visa Bulletin ever released. For the first time, the Department of State has projected future months' visa numbers.

Based on current indications of demand, the best case scenarios for cut-off dates which will be reached by the end of FY-2010 are:

China: July through October 2005
India: February through early March 2005

Worldwide: April through August 2005
China: June through September 2003
India: January through February 2002
Mexico: January through June 2004
Philippines: April through August 2005

FY2010 runs until September 30, 2010. Based on these projections, EB3 priority dates should move to mid-2005 by the end of FY-2010. This means that there is a five year processing time for EB3 professions, such as most nursing positions. This is a horrendous processing time. Congress plainly has to enact positive legislation aimed at progressing processing times for shortage occupations such as nursing.

The consolation is that intending immigrants can now plan for when their immigrant visa number will come. Those with EB3 priority dates beyond Summer 2005 should not expect their IV appointment in 2010. Charlie Oppenheim and the Visa Bulletin team deserve credit for producing these estimates. The fault for the long retrogression is with Congress, not with the DOS.

The Visa Bulletin also contains an explanation of the visa number calculation that is required reading for anyone interested in immigrant visa allocation.

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  1. Fredrik's Avatar
    Thanks for the info, but where did you get those estimations from? EB3 ROW is currently Aug 2002. I highly doubt they'll process 3 years worth of applications in 10 months. Would be nice though. These unreasonable long delays are wrong on so many levels. Can only hope there will be some improvements this year.
  2. Sagard's Avatar
    Hi Chris,
    They r ging to introduce CIR by 15th Dec. Is their any provision for nurses? what r the chances for this bill?
  3. Chris Musillo's Avatar

    It says so right in the Visa Bulletin. Click the link to the VB in my posting.
  4. Chris Musillo's Avatar

    There is going to be a version of CIR introduced on Tuesday. Once it is released, we'll know more.
  5. WealkCiliaBap's Avatar
    Hello everybody, I saw this forum recently and I think it is time for me to join. I'm attracted to your topics here. I hope I can find trustable people here. C ya around
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