Indian nurses seeking EB-3 visas are well aware of the long-wait associated with this US visa type. However, there's pending US legislation that could quickly remedy this situation.
Read on for an overview of the potential positive changes and what you NEED to be doing now in preparation.
Potential Pathways for EB-3 Visa Advancement
Between January 1, 2019 through the latest US Visa Bulletin, the final action dates for Indian EB-3 visas did not move a single day. It is understandable for Indian RNs to be frustrated. However two pieces of US legislation offer hope to those in a perpetual state of waiting.
These two pieces of US legislation are:
- Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act: Introduced on April 30, 2020, by a bipartisan group of four US Senators and in response to the evidenced shortage of US healthcare workers amidst the coronavirus pandemic, this act would authorize the recapture of 25,000 immigrant visas for professional nurses and would allow these visas to be issued in order of the priority date, regardless of per-country limitations. Having support from both Democratic and Republican Senators greatly raises its chance for success!
- The Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act: In summary this would eliminate per country caps and eliminate the backlog of retrogressed Indian EB-3 visas.
Be Smart, Take Action Now
Here are our expert recommendations on what you need to be doing now, based on your current situation:
- If you're an experienced nurse with a US VISA PRIORITY DATE: If you've been abandoned by your original EB-3 visa sponsor, PassportUSA would like to speak with you on the process to recapture your original priority date.
- If you're an experienced nurse with NCLEX and an ACTIVE or EXPIRED IELTS: Connect with us and we'll walk you through all of the steps in the process towards an employment-based US visa.
- If you have NCLEX, but have never taken IELTS: We encourage you to register with PassportUSA. Our website has great articles detailing how to register and study for the IELTS exam.
The time to act is now! Nurses who delay may find themselves once again at the back of the US visa line.
NEXT STEP: Register with PassportUSA
We encourage all Indian nurses to register with PassportUSA. After registering we'll keep you abreast of all relevant changes in U.S. immigration policy.After registering, those nurses that we can help today will immediately be invited to interview with one of our US-based recruiters.