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The Visa Bulletin for December 2020 is out, and the EB-3 priority date for nurses in the Philippines is CURRENT!

This is the opportune time to pass NCLEX and IELTS (if you have not done so already). We have reached record-breaking visa approvals for the year and we continue to file more visas!

Click on this post to read other notable items from the bulletin.

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25,000 Green Cards for Globally-Trained RNs?

The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act (HWRA) is a new bill introduced on April 30, 2020, by a bipartisan group of four US Senators and in response to the evidenced shortage of US healthcare workers amidst the coronavirus pandemic.  

The HWRA would authorize the recapture of 25,000 immigrant visas for professional nurses and would allow these visas to be issued in order of the priority date, regardless of per-country limitations.

Click on this article to read more about what you could be doing to progress your #AmericanDream as the bill moves along.

S. Peerdue is the original sponsor of the Healthcare Workers Resilience Act
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US Legislation May Eliminate Indian Nurse EB-3 Visa Waitlist

Indian nurses seeking EB-3 visas are well aware of the long-wait associated with this US visa type. However, there's pending US legislation that could quickly remedy this situation. Read on for an overview of the potential positive changes and what you NEED to be...

Visa Bulletin

The Visa Bulletin for December 2020 is out, and the EB-3 priority date for nurses in the Philippines is CURRENT!

This is the opportune time to pass NCLEX and IELTS (if you have not done so already). We have reached record-breaking visa approvals for the year and we continue to file more visas!

Here are some other notable items from the bulletin:

EB-2 dates for the Philippines and various countries that are not India or China: CURRENT!

EB-3s for various countries that are not India or China: CURRENT!

EB-3s for India: March 15, 2010

EB-3s for China: November 1, 2017

Click here for full details on the Visa Bulletin and info on what you should be doing now to prepare for a U.S. visa.

Support Grows for 25k “No-Wait” Green Cards for Global RNs

May 5, 2020: HWRA bill calling to recapture 25,000 green cards for global RNs amidst pandemic officially introduced by four US Senators. Receives groundswell of support.

What’s the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act (HWRA)?

HWRA is a new US bill introduced on April 30, 2020, by a bipartisan (with both democrat and republican party support) group of five US Senators in response to the evidenced shortage of US healthcare workers amidst the coronavirus pandemic. HWRA would authorize the recapture of 25,000 immigrant visas for professional nurses and would allow these visas to be issued in order of the priority date, regardless of per-country limitations.

If the HWRA becomes law, all nurses whose visa applications are currently retrogressed immediately become current. Likewise, any nurse whose I-140 is filed anytime before 90 days after President Trump’s Emergency Declaration on COVID-19 is also expected to have a retrogression-free visa. Further, the legislation requests that USCIS and Embassies and Consulates expedite these petitions.

Support for HWRA is Widespread

American Medical Association: “Physicians fighting COVID-19 are eager to hear these words: Reinforcements are on the way. Recapturing 15,000 unused immigrant visas for physicians through the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act would ease the burden on frontline physicians who are risking their lives in understaffed hospitals. This bipartisan legislation recognizes the physician shortage that existed before the pandemic and is getting more severe while the need for caregivers is growing daily.” – Patrice A. Harris, M.D., President, American Medical Association

Medical Association of Georgia: “The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act would help to ensure that the nation has enough physicians and nurses to care for patients who become ill during the COVID-19 outbreak. And this legislation is especially important for Georgia when you consider that the state ranks near the bottom, 44th specifically, when it comes to number of primary care physicians per person based on data that was in the 2020 ‘County Health Rankings and Roadmaps’ report.” – Andrew B. Reisman, M.D., President, Medical Association of Georgia

Healthcare Leadership Council: “The COVID-19 pandemic has severely exacerbated what was already a growing strain on America’s healthcare workforce. Senator Perdue and his colleagues are providing a workable solution to this challenge by making productive use of already-existing unused visas to meet physician and nurse shortages. This legislation should be enacted expeditiously to ensure that our patients are getting the care they need when they need it.” – Mary R. Grealy, President of the Healthcare Leadership Council, an alliance of chief executives from all health sectors

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: “The Chamber commends Senators Perdue, Durbin, Young, Coons, Cornyn and Leahy for their unique, bipartisan approach to address this critical workforce need in our nation’s healthcare system. By recapturing previously unused immigrant visas, the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act would expedite the provision of lawful permanent residency to many foreign national doctors and nurses across the country. At this critical juncture in our nation’s battle against COVID-19, our nation needs these healthcare professionals to focus on the health and well-being of our fellow Americans who are their patients, and this bill will help them in their efforts to fight this disease and save American lives.” – Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Niskanen Center: “The Niskanen Center is proud to endorse the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act: an innovative bipartisan proposal to enhance the U.S. healthcare workforce in the midst of a devastating pandemic. This bill provides a timely yet temporary response to COVID-19 without permanent changes to healthcare or immigration law. It’s a narrow, targeted solution to help fully staff emergency rooms in hospitals around the country. This common sense legislation will bolster our country’s healthcare workforce and fortify our national response to this crisis.” – Kristie De Peña, Vice President For Policy, Niskanen Center

American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment: “Even before the coronavirus outbreak, the United States was projected to suffer a shortfall of 200,000 nurses. Now, with healthcare workers representing as much as 20 percent of all new infections across the country, clinician staffing has become a public health crisis of its own. This is a thoughtful, targeted solution that puts America on a war footing with the coronavirus by ensuring our hospitals have the front line clinicians we need to treat historic levels of critical care patients at hospitals all across the country.” – Shari Costantini, President, American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment

American Hospital Association & American Organization for Nursing Leadership: “There has never been a more urgent need for the care that foreign-born physicians and foreign-trained nurses provide than during the current COVID-19 pandemic. A targeted allocation of recaptured visas to these health care professionals will have a tremendous impact on the ability to care for patients with COVID-19, and it will have a lasting impact on the overall health of our communities.”

Americans for Prosperity: “Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. healthcare workforce was already being strained, facing critical shortages of healthcare practitioners across the country. Thanks to this bipartisan group of senators, the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act responds to this crisis by recapturing unused visas from previous years, with expedited visa processing, for 40,000 nurses and physicians. We urge lawmakers from both chambers to advance the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act and enact it into law.” – Tim Phillips, President, Americans for Prosperity

Bipartisan Policy Center: “BPC Action applauds the work of Senators Perdue, Durbin, Coons, Young, Cornyn and Leahy, whose legislation, the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act, seeks to expand the healthcare workforce by recapturing previously unused visas to allow the entry of nurses and physicians into the U.S. These unprecedented times demand swift and responsive actions by Congress to address the labor shortages currently facing the healthcare sector – the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act seeks to address that challenge, and we support its passage.”

American Immigration Lawyers Association: “AILA welcomes this bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Perdue, Durbin, Young, Coons, Cornyn and Leahy; the bill would help address the critical healthcare shortage in the United States, a weakness that has been evident during the COVID-19 national emergency. The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act would be a huge step toward ensuring that our nation’s health care needs are met by qualified physicians and nurses in a timely manner, benefiting all of us.”

Physicians for American Healthcare Access (PAHA): “Physicians for American Healthcare Access (PAHA) welcomes, appreciates and applauds Senators Durbin, Coons, Perdue, Young, Cornyn and Leahy’s bipartisan initiative to address the nation’s physician and nurse workforce in the COVID-19 crisis. The bill identifies an untapped resource in the immigrant physicians who are trained in the U.S., and are experienced on the frontlines. This is a long overdue first step to streamline physician immigration to stabilize and improve health care access in America.”

FWD.us: “Ensuring that doctors and nurses can have their permanent residency expedited through our immigration system is a smart bipartisan approach that will help save countless lives in the midst of this public health emergency. We commend Senators Perdue, Durbin, Young, Coons, Cornyn and Leahy for working across party lines on this vital legislation. Immigrants and immigration are essential not only to our nation’s ability to respond to this urgent health crisis, but to rebuild our economy and create jobs out of this economic crisis.” – Todd Schulte, President, FWD.us

National Immigration Forum: “The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act recognizes the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation by letting in more immigrant doctors and nurses and their families. This bill addresses a workforce need and honors family unity. Particularly at this time, addressing shortages in the health care workforce is imperative. By ensuring unused visas do not go to waste, the bill will help doctors and nurses and their families, who have been waiting in line, immigrate sooner.”

Take Action Now

Show your support on social media by retweeting Senator Perdue’s tweet:

Get Yourself Ready

  • If you’re an experienced nurse with a US VISA PRIORITY DATE: If you’ve been abandoned by your original EB-3 visa sponsor, PassportUSA would like to speak with you on the process to recapture your original priority date.
  • If you’re an experienced nurse with NCLEX and an ACTIVE or EXPIRED IELTS: Connect with us and we’ll walk you through all the steps in the process towards an employment-based US visa.
  • If you have NCLEX, but have never taken IELTS: Get studying to pass IELTS or retake it right away. We have several resources on our website that can help, and once you’ve passed, we are here to be your US visa sponsor.

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25,000 Green Cards for Globally-Trained RNs?

Highly-qualified registered nurses from around the globe are used to waiting to get a US EB-3 visa. Nurses from India, China, and the Philippines currently wait the longest. But now, owing to the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act, the wait could be dramatically shortened for as many as 25,000 globally-trained and US-qualified RNs.

What’s the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act (HWRA)?

HWRA is a new US bill introduced on April 30, 2020, by a bipartisan (with both democrat and republican party support) group of five US Senators in response to the evidenced shortage of US healthcare workers amidst the coronavirus pandemic. HWRA would authorize the recapture of 25,000 immigrant visas for professional nurses and would allow these visas to be issued in order of the priority date, regardless of per-country limitations.

If the HWRA becomes law, all nurses whose visa applications are currently retrogressed immediately become current. Likewise, any nurse whose I-140 is filed anytime before 90 days after President Trump’s Emergency Declaration on COVID-19 is also expected to have a retrogression-free visa. Further, the legislation requests that USCIS and Embassies and Consulates expedite these petitions.

PassportUSA will keep you informed as the bill moves along.

Take Action Now

  • If you’re an experienced nurse with a US VISA PRIORITY DATE: If you’ve been abandoned by your original EB-3 visa sponsor, PassportUSA would like to speak with you on the process to recapture your original priority date.
  • If you’re an experienced nurse with NCLEX and an ACTIVE or EXPIRED IELTS: Connect with us and we’ll walk you through all the steps in the process towards an employment-based US visa.
  • If you have NCLEX, but have never taken IELTS: Get studying to pass IELTS or retake it right away. We have several resources on our website that can help, and once you’ve passed, we are here to be your US visa sponsor.

Register Now

S. Peerdue is the original sponsor of the Healthcare Workers Resilience Act
Visa Bulletin

Visa Bulletin

The Visa Bulletin for December 2020 is out, and the EB-3 priority date for nurses in the Philippines is CURRENT!

This is the opportune time to pass NCLEX and IELTS (if you have not done so already). We have reached record-breaking visa approvals for the year and we continue to file more visas!

Click on this post to read other notable items from the bulletin.

Honored to Work Here – O’Brien, MT

Honored to Work Here – O’Brien, MT

Spotlight healthcare professionals are chosen by their International Employee Supervisor. These individuals stand out for their exceptional journeys and commitment to Health Carousel. We like to share their stories to promote their successes, and motivate others who are going through similar experiences.

We are proud to announce that the November Spotlight of the Month is O'Brien! Congratulations O'Brien!

O'Brien is from the Philippines and is currently working at a client facility in California. He has been working in his field for 20 years and has been with PassportUSA for over three years.

Would you recommend PassportUSA to other people and why? "I would definitely recommend PassportUSA to other people because I experienced how it is working with them. PassportUSA is an agency that is really true to their word and is fair and honest when it comes to dealing with their employees. It's really a blessing for us who are from abroad to be working for a company where we can be at peace knowing that we can trust them with our futures." -O'Brien

A Rewarding Experience Treating Patients – Rachel, Justin Anthony

A Rewarding Experience Treating Patients – Rachel, Justin Anthony

Employee of the Month winners are formally nominated by the client facility, supervisor or a co-worker. They have been nominated because they stand out from their peers and show exemplary service to their practice and patients. Their performance goes above and beyond the facilities' expectations.

We are hereby honored to announce that the winners of October 2020’s RN and Allied Employee of the Month contests are Rachel and Justin Anthony! Congratulations to these outstanding healthcare professionals!

"What I love most about being an RN is the fulfillment I get after helping patients during the worst time of their lives. I like knowing that I made a positive impact and made them feel better." -Rachel

"This facility is my ohana; it is an extension of my family. From the top administrators down to the support staff and field clinicians, we treat ourselves as a family, to help and support each other, and to better serve our community." -Justin Anthony

Visa Bulletin

Visa Bulletin

The Visa Bulletin for December 2020 is out, and the EB-3 priority date for nurses in the Philippines is CURRENT!

This is the opportune time to pass NCLEX and IELTS (if you have not done so already). We have reached record-breaking visa approvals for the year and we continue to file more visas!

Click on this post to read other notable items from the bulletin.

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