VISAS FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
H-1B AND HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
If you are in the healthcare field, it is important that you have an experienced Orlando immigration attorney handle your immigration case. Our firm has experience in handling a variety of immigration matters for healthcare professionals, including doctors and nurses. We are prepared to prove you with the assistance you need to obtain a visa allowing you to successfully live and work in the United States.
Obtaining an H-1B for a nurse is extremely difficult as very few nurses will qualify. Through policy memos and case decisions, the USCIS has determined that nursing, as a profession, is not a “specialty occupation” per se, since a bachelor’s degree is not generally required to become a registered nurse. One can work and be licensed as a registered nurse (RN) with a two-year degree as opposed to a four-year degree (BSN).
USCIS POLICY ACKNOWLEDGES CERTAIN NURSES QUALIFY FOR H-1B VISAS
Significantly, USCIS does acknowledge that there are areas of nursing in which the specific duties are so specialized and complex that the knowledge required to perform the duties is usually associated with the attainment of a baccalaureate or higher degree. If you meet these qualifications, you may be able to obtain an H-1B visa. A 2002 USCIS memorandum lists the following nursing positions that will normally qualify for an H-1B visa:
- Clinical nurse specialists (CNS): acute care, adult, critical care, gerontology, family, hospice and palliative Care, neonatal, pediatric, psychiatric and mental
- Health – adult, psychiatric and mental health – child, and women’s health
- Nurse practitioner (NP): acute care, adult, family, gerontology, pediatric, psychiatric and mental health, neonatal, and women’s health.
- Certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) and certified nurse – midwife (CNM)
CHOOSE THE TRUSTED ADVOCACY OF AN ORLANDO IMMIGRATION LAWYER
If you are a nurse seeking to obtain your visa, or if you are a healthcare provider and looking to hire a nurse from another country, don’t hesitate to contact our Orlando immigration office to see if you qualify to utilize the H-1B program. Schedule a free case evaluation with the Fisher Legal Group today.
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