Musillo Unkenholt is aware that the US Embassy in Manila has refused to approve almost any immigrant visa for the last 3 weeks. The problem is, apparently, that the Embassy is mistakenly interpreting clauses in employment contracts between nurses and their US employers, perhaps based on some bad information that was sent to the Embassy.
The problem seems to be localized in Manila. Philippine nationals processing for immigrant visas at other embassies around the world are being issued their immigrant visas. Likewise, other embassies are also issuing immigrant visas to non-Philippine nationals.
We are working with clients, trade associations, and nurses to solve this problem. It may take a little while to solve the problem but it is a fairly straightforward problem that will be solved, hopefully in the next few weeks.