March 18, 2021

Thousands of Foreign Nurses Awaiting Visa Approvals Amidst Nationwide Nursing Shortage

More than 5,000 international nurses, who have already passed background checks, English language proficiency tests and provided proof of an offer for employment in the U.S., say their attempts to secure visas to work in the U.S. have stalled at U.S. embassies around the world, according to a new survey from the American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment (AAIHR).Health Carousel is committed to working to address the nursing shortage here in the U.S. by working with AAIHR to bring these highly-skilled nurses into the country to aid our understaffed healthcare system, while supporting source countries with investments in nursing education and other clinical programs.Learn more about the nursing shortage and the impact of foreign-educated nurses here:

Get Involved

Contact your Congress members via the link below to advocate for addressing the visa backlog stalling healthcare workers from providing U.S. patients with critical care they need: organizations advocating for foreign-educated nurses to come to the U.S. to assist with the pandemic response amidst our nationwide shortage:

  • American Medical Association
  • LeadingAge
  • Medical Association of Georgia
  • Healthcare Leadership Council
  • American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment
  • American Hospital Association & American Organization for Nursing Leadership
  • Physicians for American Healthcare Access (PAHA)

Full statements from these organizations and other can be found in this post on our website.

Learn More

If you would like to engage in further discussions to learn the best ways to lend your support, please reach out to Health Carousel's Amber Sprengard, Senior Director of Government Affairs & External Relations at Health CarouselHealth Carousel is a total talent management company with a leading portfolio of healthcare staffing and workforce solutions: Health Carousel Travel Network, Health Carousel Locum Network, Health Carousel International Network, and Health Carousel Workforce Solutions. By delivering highly qualified healthcare professionals across a range of in-demand healthcare professions, as well as strategic clinical, MSP and workforce solutions, we are working to ensure every patient in the United States of America has access to a qualified healthcare professional, when and where they are needed.In 2020, Health Carousel was recognized by Staffing Industry Analyst’s (SIA) as the 6th-fastest-growing U.S. staffing firm, the 9th largest healthcare staffing company in the nation, and was listed on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America list for the fifth consecutive year.About PassportUSAPassportUSA is the leading provider of internationally-trained RNs to U.S. healthcare institutions. We have placed several hundred candidates at leading healthcare facilities across the USA. Client healthcare institutions can trust in our service and quality of candidates. Healthcare professionals will enjoy our high ethics and track record of successful U.S. placement.PassportUSA, the international division of Health Carousel, provides a temp-to-perm workforce solution with experienced, BSN-prepared nurses, physical therapists, and medical technologists. Click the CTA below to learn more.

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