allan

H1B VISA FOR NURSES

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I am RN with associate degree from USA & i have 3 years Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology & Economics from India i am currently working in a nursing home on OPT. My nusing home is willing to sponsor me can i apply for a H1B visa.

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It said that while general RN positions are not H1B eligible, nurses in the following positions qualify for H1B: (1) Advanced practice nurses, (2) Nurses in administrative positions, and (3) Nurses in certain nursing specialties.

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Hi Allan,

Did you manage to apply for another visa? I am about to finish first semester of Nursing. I am afraid that when I graduate in 2012, I am going to be in your situation. Please let me know what you did!!!

Thank you!!!

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For an H-1B the job USUALLY has to require a BSN. Even then the USCIS will scrutinise the job description very closely to ensure it meets requirements as "specialised".

This is because in the US an associates degree, not a BSN, is the minimum requirement to be an RN.

Even with a BSN the nurse still has to compete with US RNs to secure the position, so several years experience is going to be required.

I have heard of some clinical nurses (rather than managers) who are classed as specialists getting H1-B eg critical care, dialysis,OR.

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Sponsorship for an H1B for a nurse can be difficult because USCIS takes the position that typically nurses are not jobs requiring a BS degree. In some circumstances it may be possible to obtain an H1B for nurse employment.

One should consult with an experienced immigration lawyer to explore avenues and obtain specific legal advice.

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