Sunday, October 18, 2009

The pieces are being put on the chessboard

Sometime in the next few months, the US is going to revisit its ongoing discussion on immigration reform. The leading plan seems to be for Congress to address the issue via a Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) package. CIR is expected to address many issues, including hot-button issues such as undocumented workers.

The big question is how Congress will remedy its immigration policy for healthcare workers. For some occupations, the current program is unworkable. For instance, it presently takes about 7 years for a fully qualified nurse to enter the US.

These RNs are fully qualified. They have graduated from international schools and had their education validated by US states' Boards of Nursing. They have taken and passed the US NCLEX licensure exam, and met all other individual state requirements for licensure, including passing English fluency exams. Every single RN in the queue has been offered a job by a US employer.

There is no debate that these RNs are needed in the US, in spite of the current employment condition in the US. The predictions for US nursing supply over the next decade are disastrous.

The IT community recognizes a similar set of fundamentals in their industry. Recently, the Semiconductor Industry of America (SIA) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) co-authored a letter to the ranking members of the Congressional Subcommittee on Immigration. The letter calls for sensible immigration reform, including reforming quotas to match the needs of all interested parties. One of the aims is to reduce the enormous visa wait times for green cards for qualified workers. These reforms will also help healthcare workers, such as RNs. The healthcare industry continues to work the issue as well.


  1. Dear Mr. Musillo

    Sir, I am an Indian Nurse and my PD is 8 august,2005. Sir,Is any hope for my PD become current in near future? My visa screen expires january,2011.

  2. Hi Shibu:
    I would put the chances at 50-50 that your date is current in 2010. Good luck!

  3. Hi!
    My name is Madalena Alves, I'm from Portugal and I'm one of the nurses you describe above, fully qualified, education validated by a US Board of Nursing, passed NCLEX-RN and IELTS, Visascreen completed. My priority date is September 19th, 2008. What do you think are my chances?

  4. Hi Chris,
    Good day!

    Does this mean that the retrogression for Nurses is in No Way be Lifted Soon?

  5. @ Madalena:
    Unfortunately, I do not think that your priority date will be soon, unless the retrogression is solved through legislative relief.

  6. Hello Robert:
    That is NOT what I am saying. I am saying that the various groups are readying for a legislative push in early 2010.

  7. HI! reading all your post and replies to commenters, are you saying that there is a great chance that the US nsg will open by 2010? thanks:)

  8. @ Khacey87-

    No. I would not sat that there is a "great chance". I do think that it is possible, but I dont see the odds at any greater than 50-50.

  9. Good day Atty. Musillo,

    Just a brief question,I have an approved EB3 petition but my priority date is still for the year 2008, I am being granted a 10-year tourist visa,if ever I enter the US can I request for a temporary work permit/authorization to work while waiting for my priority date to be current?
    Thank you in advance for your response.

  10. @ShirWil-

    Ordinarily you may not apply for a work permit in that scenario.

  11. Hi Chris
    Are you able to say abit more about what you are pushing for in 2010? for example getting the amount of green cards doubled avaliable for 3rd preference or changing the application process.

    Also I'm curious as to how many people are waiting for green cards for skilled workers any ideas? As my priority date is may 2009 so I better not hold my breath

  12. Hi Atty. Musillo, thank you very much for the info!

  13. Hi Chris!

    Good day! I recently received an email from NVC saying that they've already sent out my packet 3 but up to now my lawyer hasn't received anything yet.How long does it usually take after they send it out before the recipients received it?Also does this mean that my priority date will soon be current?my priority date is march 7,2006.Pls help me coz im a lil confused how these things work.



  14. Hi Kerry-

    I am actually on vacation right now (but checking the Blog!). I will do full write up on what I think will happen in about two weeks.

  15. @Khacey:
    Thanks for the kind words!

  16. Hi Jayvee-

    We usually recive it in a week or two, but I have seen it take as long as 4-6 weeks. If it has been longer than that you should have the lawyer call NVC.


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