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US Senate Approves Immigration Bill Removing Limit on Foreign Nurse Visas

The United States Senate recently passed a highly-debated immigration bill. The legislation covers a broad spectrum of immigration issues such as legalization of illegal immigrants and a guest worker program.

As republicans and democrats debated over immigration issues, a provision on foreign nurse immigration has been overlooked.

The overlooked provision removes the limit on the number of nurses who can immigrate to the United States which will remain in effect until 2014.

The provision is a welcome news to foreign nurses.

In the past, work-based immigration visas were limited due to the retrogression announced by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

In May 2005, US President George W. Bush signed into law the supplementary spending bill for tsunami aid and Iraq which included a rider that recaptures 50,000 unused immigrant visa numbers from 2001 to 2004 and allocating the same for foreign Registered Nurses and Physical Therapists to address the retrogression. However, New York Times reports that State Department officials predict that the allocated immigrant visas are likely to be used up by 2006.

Republican Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, who sponsored the proposal, justified the proposal as a means to address the growing shortage of nurses in US hospitals and nursing homes.

The proposal is fully supported by the American Hospital Association, which reported in April that American hospitals had 118,000 vacancies for registered nurses. The federal government projected in 2002 that the shortage of nurses in the United States would swell to more than 800,000 by the year 2020.

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Anonymous said...

I am a little concerned with your writing technique, it doesn't sound credible.

Anonymous said...

kailan po ba talaga lalabas yung results?

Anonymous said...

The Professional Regulation Commission confirmed Thursday that test questions in the nursing board examination last month have been leaked, ABS-CBN News learned.

A PRC fact-finding committee tasked to probe the leakage also said that the leakage during the test from June 11-12 was traced to two members of the Board of Nursing. The committee recommended the filing of administrative charges against the two.

The committee, however, did not identify the board officials. They were earlier directed by the board to inhibit themselves from the processing and release of the results pending the investigation.

"This leakage irregularity shall be referred to the National Bureau of Investigation for its own investigation and determination of all persons and parties involved and their criminal prosecution under the law," the fact-finding body said.

The report was signed by Leonor Tripon-Rosero, chairwoman, and commissioners Avelina de la Rea and Renato Valdecantos.

Talk and news reports of the test leakage came out after an examinee, who declined to identify herself, said that a review center in Baguio City handed out test questions that would appear in the exam.

The PRC earlier denied the rumors, saying that the examination system has been improved to prevent leakages.

The exam results are expected to be released next week.

Anonymous said...

june 2006 Nurse's licensure examination has been tarnished/tainted by the so-called leakage irregularities not mainly on the part of the review centers even more to Board of Nursing. I believe from this point in time it causes raut and sense of guilt to those who mounted the battle for better pastures to bitter ones much as it may dishearten quality lmmigration of us filipino nurses. This I am worried about to my fellow passers this year's newly structured Nurse's Licensure Examination...To this end I could hardly realize that behind all these intriguing controversies, I just hope to my honored/honored topnotcher to please consider in your speech that our batch of examinees has it all to prove to the world we deserve an honor too in this growing forms of competitions. Let not it start from us to end the highly regarded reputation of us FILIPINO NURSES. Thank you .... Jowdic Malcxs

Anonymous said...

Bulok ang PRC Matagal na!!! Iba talaga ang nagagawa ng pera no... You should serve as GOOD ROLE MODELS OF HONESTY. Paano na yan eh.. bistado na.. Mga walang hiya kayo.. luto na pala ang exams at gumagawa kayo ng KABULASTUGAN.. KAPAL TALAGA!!!.

Anonymous said...

i dont think that PRC should be blamed directly because they cannot control the activities done by their people. It is the schools that should be blamed since they are after good results and they do unimaginable things just to achieve this. Schools instill honesty, integrity, responsibility and a lot more virtues and values to each and every student that attends their institution and the irony of it all, they do the opposite for prestige? So sad...I guess conscience is no longer present to these individuals involved. Well, they may gain all the power and prestige here, but God knows who you are and you better be ashamed of yourselves. Most of you have children or grandchildren, and these are the very examples you show them that you practice in your lives. think about it?!

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CreditCritic said...

You may not agree with me, but I think US are tooo much concerned about how many people from outside have immigrated or are going to immigrate. US is a country of immigrants and the success and flourishment of the country was provided by them.

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