The Emergency Nursing Supply Relief Act, (H.R. 5924), will help alleviate the nursing shortage by providing visas for properly qualified registered nurses to work in the U.S.
If the bill becomes law, it will provide additional visa options for those nurses presently unable to file petitions as a result of the backlogged EB-3 visa category.
Specifically, H.R. 5924 would: (1) set aside 20,000 employment based visas in each of the next three years for foreign-educated registered nurses and physical therapists; (2) provide funds to help U.S. nursing schools expand the domestic supply of nurses; and (3) establish a three-year pilot program aimed at keeping U.S. nurses in the workforce. Check with our office for updates on this bill and whether it becomes law.