looks like there is a confusion here.
since the reference was shusterman's monthly update (www.shusterman.com
) bulletin, lets focus on it.
first the good news! qualified nurses from pic countries are ok for the next four years. why ?
shusterman says "the 50,000 new green cards should insure a steady supply of rns and pts for the next three to four years, but ultimately, a law needs to be enacted to restore the temporary visa category for nurses".
in a democratic country like us, 4 years is a looong term. laws can be made/ammended accordingly within this time period. based on this quote, i dont think nurses have any reason to worry now. i am sure he would have considered family members also.
then what is the cry about october 1, 2005 issue. again, lets go back to shusterman. i think the mis-understanding of the context of the following extract from shusterman is the problem here
"consider the numbers. in fiscal year 2005, u.s. employers
were able to use 248,000 eb immigrant visas, almost double the 140,000 usually available. this is because they used the normal 140,000 quota plus 7,000 unused family-based immigrant visas from the year before plus 101,000 "recaptured" visas from a law enacted in 2000, popularly known as ac-21. by september 30, all of the recaptured visas will be used.
what happens starting on october 1, 2005, the beginning of fiscal year 2006, when the quota reverts to a mere 140,000 visas plus the visas reserved for rns and pts?"
here, the context is the entire employment based category (eb-3), including all those it guys over there. but, see the line "when the quota reverts to a mere 140,000 visas plus the visas reserved for rns and pts?",
yes, "plus visas reserved for rns and pts" is the important portion there. and in that "reserved
" is the golden word for nurses. no one can come and steal our meal.
see, shusterman law firm deals with all eb3 cases and the bulletin focusses on all (not only nurses).
so, i cant find any reason for nurses to be panic. ofcourse, a first year nurse student in pic country has reason to worry about "what would happen by the time (3 or 4 years) i complete my studies" ? well, if i were that student, i would have concentrated on my studies than worrying about the immigration law after 3 years !!
disclaimer : i am not a lawyer. these are some perosnal thoughts about the happenings.
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i agree with you. myself, for example, will be bringing my wife and three children. that means 5 us visas. multiply that, we expect around 10,000 to 15,000 foreign nurses will get their visas this year. if we assumed all these nurses have families.
acccording to mr. shusterman, www.shusterman.com
, by october 2005, when all the visas will be used , the retrogression will set in again.
the 50,000 additional is good news to all us whose packet 3 are with the nvc for processing. but for those who are still starting the process, this means nothing to them. 2,000 visas cap per country will not help the philippines, india and china unless the us congress and senate will enact a law that will instruct bcis to use unused eb3 visas from other countries and allocate them to the pic countries every year.
let us celebrate because this is good news and i know many of us whose ds-230 forms were submitted to the nvc along time ago will get our packet 4 in a few more months.