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.