I am not saying you are doing anything illegal, but I don't know of any hospital that is hiring foreign nurses at this time. The hospital has to prove that there are no qualified RNs to fill the positions, with so many nurses unemployed you will find it impossible to find any position since Boston nurses are unemployed. Assuming you are coming on a tourist visa, you can not look for a position but please check with an immigration lawyer,
"RNs to be eligible for H-1B status." In effect, the vast majority of RNs cannot qualify for an H-1B visa because most of them do not meet the requirements set forth by statute. Stakeholders reported to the CIS Ombudsman that the H-1B process is not a viable route for nurses most employers
do not require a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent for a RN position. The few RNs who qualify for an H-1B visa typically hold a supervisory or very specialized nurse position.40 USCIS approved only 38 RNs for H-1B visas in FY 2006, 66 in FY 2007, and 136 in FY 2008.41 The low numbers of H-1B nurse visas issued each year indicate that this route has not alleviated the nursing shortage"
2009 and 2010 numbers are not released, but my guess is that they are less, Since you are saying your batchmates got h1B visas, I wonder how they got specialty or supervisor positions.
Even if the market changed you would have to over come some major obstacles.
The major reason is the hospital has to pay all the fees which are thousands of dollars. You will not be able to renew your license until you provide a ssn.
Who can locally provide you with a professional reference? What recent clinical experiences at a modern hospital do you have? What local work experience non nursing can you provide? Since you don't live in the USA how can you provide a credit report ( many hospitals require this). What makes you stand out as an outstanding new grad, are their local nurse managers or instructors who can provide a letter of reference ? What Honor Societies do you belong to? With no experience you do not qualify for any certifications.
It would be demoralizing to the staff and patients to see a foreign nurse employed over a local nurse unless you have exceptional skills or experience and be able to all of the above criteria.
Happy Holidays, but I hear everyday more and more work visas being removed, when I see high level talented professionals, being sent home, I would say that an inexperienced professional does not have a chance. It seems everyday I hear of a doctor or other highly qualified professionals being sent home, it is sad since many are loosing thousands of dollars due to the depressed housing market.
My suggestion, get nursing experience outside the USA, become an outstanding nurse in a modern hospital, join a professional nursing organization, do nursing research, and then you will be in a great position if the market changes .
Personally with the budget cuts, the market won't change soon.