Thursday, January 3, 2008

Prospects for nurses in 2008

Welcome 2008. A new year has arrived and the question on most foreign nurses' minds is about the immigration prospects for foreign nurses to the US. The past year showed very little progress for nursing immigration and this year, an election year in the US, promises very little for a comprehensive immigration reform in the country.

Continue to have faith, however, that there could be good news for nurses hoping to migrate to the US. If there is something that can be done this year, it should happen in the first quarter when the entire US is not yet consumed with election-related issues.

Immigration expert Carl Shusterman, in his monthly newsletter, says that he is hopeful a legislation to bridge the nursing shortage in the US would be passed early this year. "House leaders have indicated that a bill to recapture unused visas for registered nurses and physical therapists will be considered during the first quarter of this year," Shusterman said.

Let us hope and pray that something fruitful will indeed come out of the US legislative branch this year.

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Anonymous said...

Geoff, I'm from IBT. Can you please email me so I can send you updated information about submitting fingerprint cards for Illinois licensure? d.smith(at) - Dianna Smith

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