As of April 2009 the United States opened its enrollment on H-1B visas. One month later the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that they have received a total of 45,800 H-1B petitions, a number way below the congressionally mandated 65,000 cap. Until this figure has been reached admission of H-1B visa applications will remain open.
The U.S. Congress has circulated numerous bills to address various immigration issues. However, they still failed to create a new immigration legislation which would allow nurses and health care workers to enter the United Stated on occupational visa. The proposed Nursing Relief Act of 2009 cites that the United States is currently in need of more than 126,000 nurses. It aims to address this shortage by recruiting and employing qualified nurses regardless of their citizenship or country of origin.
A posting in the Global Immigration Counsel Web site mentioned another legislation which stated that a new non-immigrant visa category for professional nurses called the “W” visa will be established. The proposed legislation reflects the view that the current immigration laws do not clearly address the need for qualified nurses in the country and do not have sufficient visa category to ease up this need.
Beginning June 1, 2009, people traveling by air, road or ship to Mexico and Canada are required to bring their passport or similar document to get back to the United States. Most cruise lines, however, are planning on enforcing this new rule at the time of departure. This new rule is part of the post-9/11 plan requiring everyone to bring identification whenever they would travel to Mexico, Canada and portions of the Caribbean. This law has a few exemptions; organized youth school groups ranging from ages 16 to 18 traveling to compete against teams from Canada or Mexico who are only required to show their birth certificates. Furthermore, those who frequentlytravel by land across borders are urged to get a Passport Card.
CGFNS International aims to ensure that all applicants will have a thorough understanding on the application process for them to make a well-informed decision. Due to the high volume of calls they receive everyday, the CGFNS Call Center is now open every Mondays to Fridays, from 8am to noon EST.
Upon calling you have to tell the operator which service you are inquiring about. He will either direct you to the Credentials Evaluation Service, the Credentials Verification Service for New York State, VisaScreen or the Certification Program.
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