and others in a similar situation, the best way i believe to get around this visa retrogression thing is to get a masters degree in nursing, or obtain a nurse practitioner designation. then you can get hired on an h1b and after hire your employer can adjust your status to the eb-2.
now the real challenge rears its ugly head . . . in many markets american trained nurses cannot get work and hiring freezes abound. also for those of you here on a visitors visa trying to get an h1b, if you are the typical rn from abroad with a bsn and little experince, you likely do not stand a chance of being hired on an h1b.
we are seeing a number of nurses brought from the pi on h1b's getting laid off and have to go home because no american hospital will match the job description that got the nurse to america in the first place. many are being laid off by a certain rehab staffing agency based in the se united states.
i have over 70 nurses stuck in the philippines. i do not now believe that we will be seeing any of them during obama's first administration. visa retrogression is going to stick around as long as this economy is weak. why? becuase foreign educated nurses coming to america is not a big priority of this administation. when the economy is fixed they will look at it. but in the meantime, america nurses that need jobs will, and should get, first priority.
as for my foreign nurses, we fully expect to have to renew all visascreen that we paid for and have a 5-year life. i knew that i should have sold my agency in early 2005 when i had a pretty good offer for it! lol!
"a government that can give you everything can take everything away." thomas jefferson