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Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration

H-1B for Nurses

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I often am asked by employers and nurses, whether they can be sponsored for an H-1B visa.

There are two key concepts:

1. The nurse must hold at least a Bachelors degree in nursing (e.g. BSN); AND
2. The position must normally require a Bachelors degree. MU has seen the most success in these scenarios:

A. The hospital is offering the nurse a position as a Clinical nurse specialist (CNS), Certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), Certified nurse-midwife (CNM), or a Certified nurse practitioner (APRN-certified) Critical care and the nurse holds the certification;

B. If the nurse will be working in an Administrative position ordinarily associated with a Bachelors degree, such as Charge Nurse or Nurse Manager;

C. If the nurse will be working in one of these specialties: peri-operative, school health, occupational health, rehabilitation nursing, emergency room nursing, critical care, operating room, oncology and pediatrics. And the hospital will attest that these roles are only offered to those with Bachelors degrees. Some magnet hospitals have the BSN as its standards, and these make great destination hospitals for H-1 RNs.

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  1. Adi's Avatar
    Hi Chris,

    Is there any way to find out list of hospitals who have successfully sponsored h1b for nurses? Thanks.
  2. Chris Musillo's Avatar
    Hi Adi:

    There is no such list. The USCIS periodically does put out a list of all H-1 petitioners, but that includes all petitioners -- IT, Colleges, etc.

    -Chris
  3. q's Avatar
    Can skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes sponsor nurses?
  4. Chris Musillo's Avatar
    Yes. SNFs and nursing homes may sponsor nurses for H1Bs.
  5. LC's Avatar
    Hi Mr. Musillo

    Since you said SNFs and Nursing Homes MAY sponsor nurses for H1Bs, what is USCIS' basis for approval of I-129s since most nursing homes usually hire generally trained nurses and not APRNs/CNS? And for internationally educated nurses like myself, Nursing schools do not really offer courses that make us eligible to apply for Certification thru the American Nurses Credentialing Center. If there is one that applies to IENs that falls under that category specified by USCIS for Nurse H1Bs it would be Nurse-Midwives (with 2 separate licenses); However it seems to be a ridiculous idea because generally Nursing Homes equate to geriatric clients.

    Also, if I may ask what do you mean by MU in the 2nd part and by saying that

    A. The hospital is offering the nurse a position as a Clinical nurse specialist (CNS), Certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), Certified nurse-midwife (CNM), or a Certified nurse practitioner (APRN-certified) Critical care and the nurse holds the certification;

    What sort of certification is this and how do IENs obtain such certification that would deem "approvable" by USCIS standards? If for instance I am a Registered Nurse in my country and also hold another degree (i.e. Midwifery, Respiratory Therapist) and I hold licenses for both do I qualify under USCIS' H1B standard for nurses? Or, if for instance I hold an RN license with my BSN degree and hold another Bachelors degree but am unlicensed in that other degree would I still qualify?

    Thank you.
  6. Chris Musillo's Avatar
    @LC:

    You ask many good questions, that probably are not appropriate for this forum. As a general rule, much of what you say is true. And still there are, for instance, SNFs that offer managerial level nursing work, which qualifies for the H-1B.

    Feel free to email me directly if you want to discuss your specific matter.

    Best,

    -Chris
  7. pvpr2's Avatar
    How much is the lawyer fee and who pays it, the RN or the employer?
  8. pvpr2's Avatar
    How can a nursing and rehab center attest that a rehabilitation nurse position requires a BSN?
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