Quote from raj_dr25
I am a bsn student graduating from a NY university in may 2008 and i am on a F1 visa and i have used my OPT already...I also have a masters in health administration...and i am originally from india...and planning to give NCLEX in june 08....
I did post about the immigration issues here and i got wonderful help from lot of members....i want to thank you for that help...
Now, I am still not very sure if i understand the whole retrogression concept...I tried searching the forum and read some responses of the moderators on this issue....but still not sure ...
I have some questions if someone can please please help me out with it...
1) Looking at my case what do you guys thing is the best option for me?
2) Is there any website or specific articles that explain the whole retrogression process and their updates?
3) I have a masters in health administration ..so i am eligible for H1B under the master's quota...should i find someone to sponser my H1B or wait for the schedule A GC?
4) I have heard that there are recruiting agencies that sponser your green card like they do in software field...anyone knows about some of these recruiting agencies - website or phone #?
5) Can some agency or hospital or clinic sponser my H1B as a nurse manager because i have the educational qualification for that and then i can work as a RN for them?
6) What are possible chances of having the schedule A quota when i graduate in may 08?
7) If we have a schedule A quota then can we file for our family also - i mean dad, mom, wife etc - and how long will it take for them and yourself to get the GC?
8) F2 visa for my wife was deneid 2 times - they said that she should wait till i start earning - what should i do or what are the possible options to get her here in usa?
9) I am gonna start job search from end of december...do anyone know which hospitals or agencies or clinics sponser GC? Any names and list available?
I know these are a lot of questions....and really sorry for asking so many questions....but i am in a middle of this and i dont know what to do....
I would really appreciate your help
Thanks in advance...
Hope to hear from you all soon....
Recruiting agencies that offer the H1-B, stay away from them, a hospital cannot use with that visa at all, no matter what the agency tells you, and especially in NY. Most of the hospitals are unionized and they do not permit temporary visas like this one.
If you get hired by a company because of your Master's degree, you will be working for them in that role, not in the role of the RN.
It will be hard for you to get hired as a Nurse Manager if you do not even have any experience as an RN. New grad RNs do not get hired directly as a Nurse Manager, and that is what you would be considered in the field of nursing since you will have had no work experience in that area. And again, hospitals are unable to sponsor you for the H1-B visa, and you will not see that happen.
The H1-B petition is only accepted two times per year, and next will be in Apri, then again the following October. You must have the NCLEX passed, as well as have a Visa Screen Certificate in hand if the job is to have anything to do with nursing before the petition can even be submitted.
Your Master's is not in nursing, so it does not give you any benefit in terms of getting a visa for the US in the role of the RN. You would need to be hired in a job that requires the MSN as an entry for that specific job to get any benefit of the EB-2 visa for the green card.
With things the way that they are right now, you are going to have difficulties in getting a visa as an RN as there are no visas available at this time and with the retrogression in place and your country of birth added into the equation, chances for even the next two to three years are slim.
Remember that graduating from a nursing program in the US no longer guarantees that you will be able to remain in the US to work afterwards, there is no benefit for you for immigration other than the English exams are waived. If there are no visas, then one cannot remain here to work, and especially since you will not have the OPT there for use. If you do not keep your student status after you finish this degree, you will only have 60 days to remain in the US.
There is no Schedule A and we do not expect it to return as all of the recapped visas have been used this past spring so there are none to place back in there at this time. Also add into it the fact that there were more than 800,000 petitions for AOS that were submitted in July/August when there were no visas available and the fact that the US only issues 140,000 total green cards per year under the EB-3 category which is what you will be under with the BSN. And add into that equation that the US never issues more that a little under 10,000 visas per country of birth. Many IT people from your country that come here on H1-B visas, are also under this same restriction for the green card and that is why there was such a push this summer to get their petitions in when they have been here several years waiting for that opportunity.
If asking me what I would do, that would be to go on and get an MSN, that would permit you to get a job that requires that for the initial job offer and then you could qualify under the EB-2 cateogry which is something completely different and give you a better chance.
But with the BSN and no experience as an RN, and a Master's in another field, it will not help with getting petitioned now for the green card under the EB-3 category at all.