Friday, April 16, 2021

CGFNS MUST ISSUE CERTIFIED STATEMENTS TO US-EDUCATED BSNs

CGFNS has a fast-track “Certified Statement” Visa Screen for foreign nurses who are educated in the US, and a few other English speaking countries (see below). 

Franklin University, an Ohio college, offers graduate nursing degree, such as Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) to foreign nurses who received a 2 year degree in other countries, such as the Philippines.  CGFNS was trying to force these BSNs to file for the more expensive and time consuming regular Visa Screen, instead of the Certified Statement.  

Franklin University tried to convince CGFNS that making these nurses apply for the costlier and time-consuming process was contrary to the relevant USCIS’ regulation.  When CGFNS refused to allow these nurses to apply for the Certified Statement, Franklin University sued.  This week, the court held that CGFNS must issue Certified Statements to these US-graduates of BSNs. 

The countries are:  Australia, Barbados, Canada (including only the following approved Quebec schools: McGill University and Dawson College in Montreal, Vanier College in St Laurent, John Abbot College in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, and Heritage College in Gatineau), Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Africa, Trinidad/Tobago, the United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) 

Monday, April 5, 2021

PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION BARRING NONIMMIGRANTS NOW EXPIRED

On March 31, 2021, Presidential Proclamation 10052 expired. PP 10052 prohibited the issuance of certain H-1B, H-2B, L-1, J-1, H-4, L-2, and J-2 visas for entry to the US at US Embassies and Consulates due to possible economic harm to the US during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

All consular processed cases falling under the criteria of PP 10052 may now resume processing. Any visa applicant previously refused a visa due to PP 10052 must reapply with a new application and new fee. However, many US embassies are still operating on reduced staff, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, we anticipate that there will continue to be delays in obtaining nonimmigrant visa interviews at Embassies and Consulates.

DOS has updated its announcement and FAQs on the phased resumption of visa services  following the expiration of Presidential Proclamation 10052.