it is also extremely difficult now for a nurse to get a tourist visa to the us from pi if they never had one before. and the biggest reason? many that never returned home after coming to the us, whether on a tourist visa, and stayed legally, or that stayed illegally.
there have not been visas available since the retrogression began after october 31, 2006. however, we hear repeatedly about the nurse from there that cam over in october, and then took nclex here in december and they are now working. yes, illegally. and if caught, they will be deported and not permitted to return to the us for ten years. us immigration does not care if they have a car that they bought, or lease that they signed. the issue is that they are working illegally, being paid in cash under the table, do not have a social security number, and many do not even have a nursing license in the us. yet they are working.
not the thing to do.
and it is actually in violation of the us state dept and us immigration law to do that. it does matter what some attorney did to circumvent the rules for you, issue it that the nurse will be the one that suffers. and how do they even show their face when they are forced to return home.
you must be in the us for five months before you can begin work, and that is when visas are available. right now, nothing more than the i-140 can be submitted, so when these nurses call their parents and say "i am working in the us, i have a job." and i want to laugh.
they will be throwing away their career. and if i am not correct on this, take a visit to immigration detention down in san pedro where the cells are over-crowded, and i mean cell. like in jail. but since those that are being deported do not qualify for anything here, no services need to be provided, a bar of soap is all that is given. anything more and it needs to be paid for. and there are many from your country there now waiting to be deported. whether it was from overstaying a visa and being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or getting a dui while holding a green card, the us govt does not care.
cgfns is also investigating those that obtained the visa screen certificate fraudulently and they are deporting those that did. no vsc, and then the green card disappears.
sorry to be sounding so tough, but this is how things are truly are here right now. over 800 people picked up in the bay area over the past two weeks for immigration issues, and the numbers are increasign all over, not decreasing.
it is an honor to be able to live and work in the us, not a right that was automatically given to anyone. you need to follow the rules of the us government if you wish to remain in the us. until you are actually a us citizen, you are fair game for being deported for any reason.