AHCA leads coalition advocating for immigration prioritization of HCWs in light of staffing crisis
- By: Danielle Watford
- On: 09/02/2021 08:20:21
- In: National Affiliate News
If the Department were to amend the Immigrant Visa Prioritization update and prioritize the entry of foreign-trained nurses and health care workers into the United States, we could significantly accelerate the timeline under which these health care professionals could enter the United States. In the letter, we also offered to meet with the State Department to discuss the current workforce crisis we are facing.
Last evening, the U.S. State Department made an announcement that is a positive first step. Embassies and the National Visa Center (NVC) have been instructed to consider the visa applications on an expedited basis for individuals who are going to be employed for health care positions that will work on pandemic response. We hope that this new guidance will make embassies more inclined to grant expedited visas for our employees. As we have further updates around this, will keep AHCA/NCAL members apprised.
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