Yes, its the one year Anniversary of the "doom day" experienced by PIC (Phili,India/China) nurses.
Exactly one year before on this date (Dec 9 2004), USCIS published its Jan 2005 VS (VisaBulletin) announcing the "Worst news for RNs from PIC Countries". As per the bulletin, RNs from PIC countires would not be able to submit new GC (AOS/CP) applications until USCIS determines that they have enough visa numbers avaialable to distribute to PIC nurses. Existing application would not be processed until then..
What a sad day it was..Nothing was certain..Nobody knew how long it would take for the USCIS to re-open the gates...Nobody knew how it would gonna affect their life. The thread (http://allnurses.com/forums/f75/wors...ina-87149.html
) which discussed the issue, was extremely active.
I still remember some of the events happening at that time..
-- Dale giving his theory/predictions at murthy.com
-- kid80 digging deep in to the web and coming back with some positive news. (s)he is the one who first mentioned that, 'something is happening' on the so-called "appropriations bill".
- Rep, NimishaVarghese and many many more contributing their info to the community..
Months passed and came May 11 2005, President Bush put his signature on the appropriations bill which had the clause for giving EXTRA 50K visa for Nurses and Families.
BOY, what a relief it was....All of a sudden retrogression (for nurses) became a thing of the past and suddenly enough visa numbers were availaable. We've started this thread (http://allnurses.com/forums/f75/best...na-104713.html
) within minutes President Bush released extra 50K visas for nurses, which was the most active thread in the history of "International nursing" forum.
Now when we look back today, it was an eventful year..
--Many of us passed NCLEX/CGFNS in that time period
--Many of us have our I 140 approvals
--Many of us including Rep,kid80, myself have gotten our greencards
--Above all, we all were sharing and learning from this community.
For the newbies here, they dont have any retrogression to worry about. (May be, you can just browse thru the threads and see what their 'seniors' experienced)
For the regulars, it was a horror time which we could hang on tight and successfully overcome...