Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Legislative Update for MDs

Last week the House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution that if passed will extend the doctor’s Conrad 30 program, which provides a common path for doctor immigration. The Conrad 30 program provides each U.S. state with 30 waivers for J-1 physicians each fiscal year.

The legislation also includes extensions of the EB-5. E-Verify, and Religious Worker programs. These extensions, which are embedded in the annual government funding legislation is now headed to the Senate where it is expected to be considered today. The legislation is expected to pass before October 1, 2009, or else the government’s funding will dry up.

The legislation does not contain any “new” legislation, such as H.R.2536 - Emergency Nursing Supply Relief Act. Nursing and allied healthcare occupational visa reform is more likely to happen in early 2010.

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