The United States is facing a nursing shortage due to the number of trained nurses who are retiring and an aging Baby Boomer population that requires more medical care. The nursing shortage has been complicated by the coronavirus’ (COVID-19) strain on trained healthcare professionals in hospitals, laboratories, nursing homes and other health care facilities. Trained, skilled foreign nurses are needed and being actively recruited by many Chicago-area health care providers. The recent suspension of all U.S. immigration has left many foreign nurses and employers questioning whether foreign nurses can get a visa to work in Chicago.
On April 22, 2020, President Trump announced a 60-day immigration suspension of entry into the United States to protect American jobs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. A key exception to the immigration suspension is healthcare workers.
The 60-day green card immigration suspension does not apply to healthcare workers:
Individuals, their spouses and their children who want to enter the United States on an immigrant visa as a physician, nurse, or other healthcare professional; to perform medical research or other research intended to combat the spread of COVID-19; or to perform work essential to combating, recovering from, or otherwise alleviating the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees.
There are several types of work visas available to foreign registered nurses depending on your level of education and training, including H-1B, TN, E3, H-1B1, and H-1C visa categories.
Godoy Law Firm’s business immigration attorneys can help with a wide range of healthcare professionals and employers, including hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, registered nurses, physical therapists, medical technologists, occupational therapists, nursing assistants.
USCIS and the immigration lawyers at Godoy Law Office’s virtual office are open and processing immigration applications during the coronavirus.
Contact Godoy Law Office today at 855-554-6369 to answer your questions about immigration, help you file an immigration application and guide you through every step of the immigration process.