Monday, May 11, 2020

HWRA HOUSE BILL FORMALLY INTRODUCED


Members Brad Schneider (D-IL), Tom Cole (R-OK), Abby Finkenauer (D-IA), and Don Bacon (R-NE) introduced the HWRA into the US House of Representatives on May 8, 2020.  This is the House version of Senate bill S. 3599.  As with the Senate co-sponsors, this is another strong, bipartisan group of Representatives who are doing right by US patients and valuing the contributions of hard-working immigrants.

If enacted, the HWRA would:

-Grant visas to doctors (15,000), nurses (25,000), and their families (unreserved);
-Exempt HWRA visas from the per-country cap;
-Instruct DHS and DOS to prioritize these visa appointments so that these fully-qualified nurses can enter the US as fast as their visa appointments can be scheduled; and
-Mandate that employers attest that these immigrants will not displace an American worker.

17 comments:

  1. Thank you so much atty for this. Ihope that 25,000 visas for nurses would be enough until the 90 day period. Dp ypu think atty that there are already 25,000 nurses with approved I-140? We are about to file our petition this May or June . Thanks

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    1. No - I think that there are fewer than 25,000 RNs with an approved I-140.

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    2. So atty would it be possible that I will be included and i can get one of those visa even if we file the petition this month or in june ? Thanks

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  3. Atty, What will be next step after introduction to the US House of Representative? Thank you

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    1. We are seeking to increase the number of co-sponsors in both the House and the Senate.

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  4. Does this include physical/occupational/speech therapists ?

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    1. Unfortunately it does not. Of course these occupations qualify for unrestricted H-1Bs, unlike RNs and MDs.

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  5. Hi atty.
    Is there a chance for those Nurses that are going to file their petition this month or in June? Will they get a visa ? Thank you

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    1. yes - if this bill passes, these nurses will get visas

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  6. Will the VB move nextweek? What do u think Atty?

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    1. I think it should move, but I am confused by the last few month's VBs.

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  7. So this bill can take weeks? Months or years to be approved? Thanks

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    1. This proposed bill will succeed or fail in the nxt 60 days

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    2. Yes- it will succeed or fail in the next 60 days or so

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  8. I am (indian nurse) working in ICU as RN on H4 EAD. Do i get benefits with this law without I-140 approval? I did my credentials evaluation with CGNFS but not visa screen. So in order to apply I-140 do i need visa screen certificates? Thank you

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