Thursday, August 27, 2009

H-1B For Nurses

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.


  1. Chris,
    Thanks for the guideline on H1-B RN.

  2. hi Chris as said I am Nurse having Bachelors degree with 8 years specialization in Paedreatic, does that mean Iam eligible for H1B
    if so how can I apply, will it be a problem if I do apply for H1b when i already have filed I140 & DS230. To tell you Iam stuck in retrogression my PD is 2005

  3. hello chris even in retrogression does this possible that one with priority date of 2005 get their interview date in october. i am asking this because one of blogger comment on other blog.

  4. @ Jose: You may be eligible for the H-1B but you need to find an employer who only hires Bachelor degreed nurses (or equal) in their Peds unit.

    The I-140 will have no negative impact on the case, or vice versa. Good luck!

  5. @IRA:
    My sense is that October is probably too optimistic, but I think sometime in 2010 is likely.

  6. Hi Chris,

    Does these H1 RN's have a different quota to get a quick greencard? or do they have to apply in the general pool of EB2, EB3 etc?

  7. Hi Chris
    I graduated Bachelor degree RN in US University.I passed NCLEX and I have Visa Screen. Also, I have Social Security Number.I graduated High School In USA. Am I eligible for H1-B visa?

  8. Hi Chris,

    I would like to know how long it would take to get a receiptnumber from USCIS of my H1B application filed first week of April?
    Thank you,

  9. hi chris,

    is it true that hospital classified as non-profit hospital easily gets approved for an h1b visa for rn's?



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