Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Immigration bills and retrogression update

Since the last push for new Schedule A visa allocations was stymied by US legislators, there's been no news of other similar proposals being pushed forward yet. At least, not that we know of. A lot of things happen in Capitol Hill and it's impossible to keep track of all of them.

I guess the general sentiment in the US is that the big immigration issues will be addressed only after the presidential elections in Nov. next year. The issue is mostly focused on what America will do with its large population of undocumented immigrants. The issues affecting people in the employment-based categories like the technology workers, nurses and PTs are collateral damage, so to speak.

The US Congress is currently rushing to finish about 10 spending bills or budget bills and just like the last Schedule A visa push, we're all hoping another proposal will be attached to one of these bills. Hopefully another visa proposal will be introduced without restrictive provisions such as the $3,500 additional fee proposed the last time.

Let's all pray that something happens pretty soon. I hope they come out with a proposal that would simply open more visas for foreign nurses.

In the meantime, it is best to get your papers in order. Scout for possible employers and get work experience. Train and learn as much as you can at work or whereever you are. Although work experience is not required to get employment abroad, I've found that some of the best hospital employers only want people with some work experience.

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1 comment:

Jobs4Nurses said...

I agree. The best way to wait out the retrogression is to work. It's like hitting two birds with one stone.

You earn money while gaining the much needed experience!

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