Wednesday, September 9, 2009

October Visa Bulletin Released

The October Visa Bulletin has been released. This is the first quarter of the 2010 US Fiscal Year. The news is not positive.

EB1: All Current
EB2: All Current, except China (22MAR05), India (22JAN05)
EB3: All 01JUN02, except China (22FEB02), India (15APR01), Mexico (01MAY02).

Based on these processing times, a typical EB3 Nurse takes over 7 years to arrive in the United States, and even longer if the nurse was born in China, India, or Mexico. The US nursing shortage certainly has abated in the last few months, but all credible economists opine that the nursing shortage will reemerge with a vengeance shortly after the economy turns and employment numbers stabilize.

MU calls on Congress to review the employment based visa immigration policy in this country and offer up an alternative to these ridiculous processing times. There is an excellent piece of legislation that, if passed, will create a special immigrant visa category for nurses. The legislation is H.R.2536 - Emergency Nursing Supply Relief Act and is sponsored by Rep. Wexler (D-FL) and Rep. Sensenbrenner (R- WI). The ENSRA is a good place to start.


  1. hi chris i have missed reading your posts and opinions on HLG but at any rate it's good that you have ur own blog now..Its sad about the october VB I have been waiting for years and still my PD of aug2005's still left stranded along the winding road of the eb3 visa processing ..Can I ask ytou this: is there any chance that my PD would be current this FY because Ive already made up my mind to apply for an H1B.Will I be introuble if my PD becomes C and Im on h1b?

    thank u so much...your input is truly appreciated.

    Best regards!

  2. Hello Chris,
    Did you heard any visa recapture bill is comming soon ?

  3. Dear Chris, can you give us an optimistic time span for which the HR 2536 will be most probably a fact?
    Beside, everything shows the need for foreign nurses for US, starting by the aging factor of the 30s booming, the already lack of US Nurses because of the low intensives in the learning facilities... and for the economical factor, the Nurses and their families will make a positive impact on the economy, who will come and make direct spending in CASH to the economy... and the Americans already knows that, so what is really holding that bill from being submitted and approved?

  4. @Mimi-

    Thanks for finding me here. The H-1B and the Green card are completely different processes. If you apply for the H-1B it will not impact your GC (positively or negatively).

  5. @ Kuwait:

    It is not likely that anything is passed until 2010, unfortunately.

  6. @Romeo-
    Good idea. I will make the most optomistic scenario is the subject of my next post...


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