The last few years have seen a declining American economy, dramatically reduced hiring numbers, and a Congress that has proven incapable to lead the country on badly needed immigration reform. Still, thanks to declining demand for H-1B numbers from the IT community, there are some signs that the worst may be over for healthcare immigration. There may even be a chance for positive healthcare immigration for nurses, although not where it is most needed.
Although the 112th Congress is divided and that usually means gridlocked legislation initiatives, a coalition of like-minded Senators and Congressman may be able pass long-needed legislation aimed at solving one obvious staffing shortage in the healthcare industry – nursing.
Nursing is the largest professional occupation in healthcare. While the nursing shortage has abated in many areas in the
Might the 112th Congress consider a nurse visa bill aimed at reducing the 5-6 year wait for an immigrant nurse to enter the
For specialty occupation allied healthcare positions that require a bachelor degree for entry into the position, such as Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, the IT industry’s minimal usage of H-1B numbers looks to continue in 2011. Coupled with increasing opportunities for EB-2 immigrant visas, and notably faster labor certification times, prospects remain bright for applicants in these occupations in 2011.
While a revived H-1C and more opportunities for H-1Bs are not as desired an increase to the EB-3 retrogression-driven quota, these factors may make 2011 a better year for applicants and employers than the last few.