You may not like what I am going to say, but after having worked in the US for years and having seen shortages come and go, they should not make any changes to what is in place now and what is in place. There is a reason that the US government has never made any changes to the number of visas issued per year. And have seen it in the past when nurses were only using the H1-B and there were times that none were granted to nurses for about five years. And it has happened more than once.
We are seeing more and more jobs shifted to overseas for manufacturing, so people are getting laid off here and it is much better from a tax standpoint, for them to be retrained and permitted to obtain nursing degrees and then be able to provide for their families just like everyone else wishes to do, but Americans need to come first. MI actually has a program already in place now to do exactly this. And when you figure that it takes approximately two years for a foreign grad to get thru licensure and immigration and actually get a visa for the US, one can train someone here and provide a job for them. Money spent for importing nurses, can be spent on their tuition and other related expenses and then it becomes a win-win solution in several ways.
Things have changed significantly in other countries as well, look at the UK as well as the EU; they are not routinely offering licenses and visas to work there any longer as well. And then there are some countries that do not have any jobs for their own graduates but expect them to just be absorbed all over without any training or experience, and other countries are starting to clamp down on this and for good reason.
Retrogressions have been in place in the past and will be in place in the future, there are going to be more applicants for the limited number of visas for sometime.
And if you read some of Daly City RN's posts on the Philippine Forum he has hit it right on the head. If you are going to have 30 openings for jobs and have 3000 applicants, who are you going to accept? Any manager or HR person is going to select the ones that trained in the best schools
and have the best experience. They can be selective and we are seeing that all of the time.
Certain areas have shortages and others do not and you do not see any facilities even wishing to petition for a foreign nurse as they have many graduates right in their own area to select from to begin with. And you see this in the cities that many foreign grads like to go to such as NYC, San Francisco, and even Los Angeles. You are not seeing direct hiring in any numbers from these regions at all, only sometimes an agency petitioning but then if there are no jobs available when it is time to go for the interview, the petition actually gets cancelled and we are seeing more of this as well.
Changes need to be made in other countries first, not the other way around, and personally, I would like to see local licenses required as well as work experience in a paying job being required as well. It makes it very hard when someone comes here and their training is not equal to what we expect over here in the first place.
Sorry to be on my soap box, but you asked and this is the reason why I believe as I do.