Visa processing for US in favour of nurses.
In order to cope with the increasing shortage of nurses in the US, the government is planning to introduce a bill that would allow a special category of registered nurses to get into the US.
According to reports of the Times of India, there would be faster processing of American visas for nurses through the non-immigrants category of visa for registered nurses, which will certainly allow these nurses to move to the US without a glitch.
China, India and the Philippines are the countries showing maximum interest in supplying workers to the nursing industry of the US, and it is hoped that these changes to the visa system would make it easier for people to move under this category.
If this gets passed through legislation, the Nursing Relief Act of 2009 would have a quota of 50,000 nurses annually. According to the statistics published by the newspaper, the number of vacant nursing positions in the US is far more than the number of nurses living in the US, either working or studying, and therefore the only way to get in control of the situation is to relax the immigration laws for nurses.
The US government already spends hundreds of millions in order to recruit nurses from countries like India, China and the Philippines because of their high capacity to supply.
The Act said that according to the current law, with few exceptions, health care providers are required to sponsor desired nurses for the status of permanent residence while the nurses live outside the US. The process takes up to three years to get finalized.
The legislation says that it is very difficult for health care providers to efficiently and effectively recruit foreign nurses under the current immigration policy. The legislation further went on stating that the health care of the US requires an immediate amendment of Federal Laws in order to recruit efficient and qualified foreign nurses so that they can operate at an efficient and effective level.