Friday, June 8, 2007

//News// New immigration proposal friendlier to foreign-educated nurses

The reincarnation of the immigration reform being considered in the U.S. Congress would give foreign-educated nurses a chance to apply for work on permanent green cards.

The new proposed bill would include 180,000 H1-B Visas for skilled workers, 200,000 to 400,000 foreign guest worker permits and 370,000 green card work permits annually, according to a report by the Business Journal.

Critics of the proposal, however, claim that this would open the flood gates for foreign nurses, who may have lower skills, drive down wages, and displace American nurses.

According to a study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be one million vacant nursing positions by 2010, as many baby-boomers near retirement age and U.S. schools failing to produce enough nurses due to a lack of teachers.

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