update on may 11 2005 :
you can consider this thread as closed since information posted here became obsolete on may 11 2005, once president george w bush signed the apropriations bill in to a law to make additional 50,000 visas available for nurses. this thread was started on dec 11 2004 when the worst news hit rn community that the pd dates have been retrogressed to jan 2002 and nurses will be the hardest hit.
now its official.
pd dates for eb3 cases from india,china, philippines retrogress to jan 2002.
read the official visa bulletin at http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/frv...incurrent.html
this is worst news for the rn community who wish to migrate to us.
this means that, rns who are already in us will not be able to file i485 (aos) after dec 31 2004 till the priority dates become current. its not clear how long it will take.
those who have managed to file aos will have a huuuuuuuuuge waiting time for their gc apporval.
those who are outside us, will have a loooooooong wait
for someone who is in us and has either cgfns/ncelx (with or without visascreen), the only option is to get an employer to file for i140 and 485 before dec 31 2004
. this will make them eligible for ead and legal status in us.
considering the rn shortage, there are chances that they may introduce a new visa category or an exception for nurses. depends on how hard the empoyers lobby the congress.
Quote from nemo_nemo
I'm curious about the new policy to chinese and other two courtry's nurses, but how can I do after studying hard and getting the CGFNS certificate? We have to face the fact, sometimes, I think it doesn't matter because I have to live even though I could not go to the USA. And I believe that God be with us all the time, he never treat his daughters badly! So ,nurses, let's put all nuts on our Father's hands, he will help us!He must save us!! Please Believe Our Father! hehe
This new ruling is not saying that you can not come to the US, just that as a nurse you will not get the preferential treatment for a green card from your country. You will just have to wait in line with the other applicants.
Give you another example. In Manila, there was a recent graduation of 200 nurses. 150 were physicians and dentists who went back to school to get their RN so that it would be easier for them to get to the US. For those that did not get petitioned already, they are looking at about a three year wait.
For those that were already petitioned, the wait will be any where from one year to two years depending on which part of the country that they are going to work.
This new ruling should add a year or so onto your plans, it is not taking away your ability to work in the US, you just now need to have a visa number assigned to you before the processing can begin and that is where the delay is coming in.
But again as I have states earlier, this ruling could also be reversed at any time, so just get everything done that you possibly can..........so that you will be ready.
Last edit by suzanne4 on Jan 3, '05