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    Countdown to NOVEMBER.Visa bulletin

    The Mumbai VB is here: http://mumbai.usconsulate.gov/cut_off_dates.html
  2. rkm

    October 2008 VB

    Here's the eagerly awaited October 2008 VB. http://mumbai.usconsulate.gov/cut_off_dates.html
  3. rkm

    September VB

    The September VB presents a very bleak outlook for Philippine nurses, more so with the coming October VB that predicts possible early exhaustion of visas due to heavy demand. This does not look good at all for those who pin their hopes on October bringing better news. The Mexico F2A and Employment Third preference cut-off dates are "unavailable" for both August and September, since those FY-2008 annual limits have been reached. The Visa Office had originally anticipated that this would be a temporary situation. Then with the start of the new fiscal year in October the cut-off dates would have returned to those which had applied during June. However, continued heavy demand in those categories may require the establishment of cut-off dates which are earlier than those which had applied in June. A formal decision determination of the October cut-off dates will not be possible until early September. http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/bulletin/bulletin_4328.html
  4. This bill still has a very long way to go. Anything can still happen, so it's not wise to expect too much. The backlog should be cleared first and all those standing in line have to wait their turn, even if the bill is approved, if ever. That's only fair.
  5. the saturation point has been reached: http://philstar.com/archives.php?aid=20080708159&type=2 demand for nurses abroad declining by sheila crisostomo wednesday, july 9, 2008 nursing experts yesterday said it is no longer the right time to enroll in nursing courses because of the declining demand for them in countries like the united states and the united kingdom. according to dr. leah samaco-paquiz, president of the philippine nursing association (pna), the demand for filipino nurses had “plateaued” in the us since 2006 because of “visa retrogression” there. “in the us, the quota for visas has been filled up resulting in delayed processing of visas, with current efforts focused on 2006 accepted applicants,” paquiz said in a press briefing. the uk, on the other hand, has adopted a labor policy that gives priority to homegrown health workers. “many licensed nurses are now underemployed or unemployed as a result of changes of policy in destination countries, the current situation of oversupply and quality problems, among others,” she added. thread edited to conform to us copyright law. suzanne4
  6. global demand for nurses falling, says pna http://globalnation.inquirer.net/news/news/view/20080708-147212/global-demand-for-nurses-falling-says-pna by katherine evangelista inquirer.net first posted 19:37:00 07/08/2008 manila, philippine -- (update) local demand for nurses has been stagnant as the need for their services consistently fall in the global labor market, the philippine nurses association (pna) said tuesday. for the last two years, there has been no increase in the domestic demand while global need for licensed nurses has been consistently decreasing since 2004, pna data shows. pna national president dr. leah primitiva samaco-paquiz attributed the current trend to policy changes in labor-importing countries and the “oversupply” of nurses amid deteriorating quality of graduates. paquiz cited visa retrogression in the united states while the united kingdom began relying again on local health workers. thread edited to conform with the tos of this site. entire articles cannot be cut and pasted. suaznne4
  7. rkm

    Visa Bulletin March 2008

    This is no reason for premature rejoicing. As the VB says, the movement will slow down or stop once the thousands of AOS applications pour in to claim those visas. The Retrogression is far from over.
  8. You're all correct. This craze has really gotten out of hand. It is now a virtual rolling snowball, gathering momentum as parents with only the best interest for their children in mind push them into the nearest available nursing school. They don't know the true situation, and even if they did, they would still take the chance just to try to leave the country. This is the norm for us as a people: if a business is hot, everyone will imitate it, until profits diminish due to unbearable competition. Just look at the barbecue stands or the sari-sari stores in your neighborhood, that's just the way it is.
  9. PRC has announced that 80,000 to 100,000 graduates will take the June 08 NLE. All are dreaming of going to the USA, to join the hundreds of thousands already stuck in the retrogression pipeline. No way all of those who want to go to the US will get there. The nursing demand may be ending already, and RP will have a glut of jobless nurses.
  10. rkm

    Going Saudi first

    This is an excellent job opportunity for all PI nurses, now that the US market and demand for nurses has ended, probably for good. So, all Pinoy nurses should troop to KSA asap. Hooray!
  11. rkm

    retrogression true or fallacy?

    Nobody is listening. The PI nursing students just keep piling up, most of them pushed by their parents and peers. The oversupply is already here, luckily, the call center industry can absorb most if not all of the new jobless nurses. :spin:
  12. rkm

    End of Nursing migration?

    The January 2008 VB will most likely show more evidence that the Retrogression really marks the halt of nursing migration. And more nurses, in the thousands are graduating from th PI and all expect to go to the US, which is impossible.
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    retrogression true or fallacy?

    Retrogression for nurses is very real. Nobody from the PI is going anywhere for a very long time. Retro will be here for many. many years.. No doubt about it.
  14. That means no nurse from the PI is leaving for the USA anytime soon, like the next five years. And by that time, the US would have enough nurses it needs. :spin:
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    End of Nursing migration?

    With more than 300,000 pending applications for AOS under EB3, the chances for a PI RN to leave the PI as an immigrant is zero for the next five years, or more if no Schedule A for nurses is created (the chances are very low). The PI RNs can kiss the great American Dream goodbye. :spin:
  16. rkm

    Australia Or Usa?

    Maybe Australia is the better option, as there is no end in sight for the retrogression.