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a bill has been filed in the u.s. congress seeking to create a special non-immigrant visa category for filipino nurses and other foreign registered nurses.
the proposed legislation dubbed, "the nursing relief act of 2009" (h.r. 1001), will create a temporary w visa category for registered nurses. it will work in a very similar way as the h-1b visa except that the category is exclusive to registered nurses.
the proposed w visa cateogory will have a yearly numerical limit of 50,000. however, the cap may be increased depending on the demand for foreign nurses. a w visa will be valid for three (3) years at a time.