No useful purpose would be served by Dr. Rosero's traveling to Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA, PA, USA, 8 PM EST February 23, 2007; 9 AM Manila Time, February 24, 2007 — Philippine Regulation Commission Chair Dr. Leonor Rosero and the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS International) CEO Barbara Nichols spoke with each other by telephone Saturday morning, February 24 Manila time. Dr. Nichols requested the telephone conversation so that she might provide Dr. Rosero with additional information regarding CGFNS's recent decision to deny VisaScreen® certification to nurses licensed following the June 2006 licensure examination. A VisaScreen Certificate is required before any healthcare worker educated outside the U.S. can be issued an occupational visa to work in the United States.
During the conversation, Dr. Nichols assured Dr. Rosero that CGFNS was fully aware of and concerned about the hardship that its decision might cause to the June 2006 passers. Dr. Nichols noted, however, that the decision is final, and no useful purpose would be served by Dr. Rosero coming to the United States to make an "appeal" of that decision. The CGFNS CEO made several points during the conversation, among them:
- CGFNS is not a Court or a Government agency. It is a private, nonprofit corporation. The Board of Trustees, the highest authority of that corporation, has made this decision. There is no process or provision for an appeal or reconsideration of a Board decision. There is no higher authority than the Board of Trustees.
- The decision of the CGFNS Board of Trustees is required by U.S. immigration law in circumstances such as this. In this case, because passers of the June 2006 Philippine nursing licensure exam were found to have a license that was not comparable to a U.S. nursing license, the Board was required to determine that a VisaScreen Certificate may not be issued to such individuals.
- The decision of the Board of Trustees on this issue was unanimous. There was not a single No vote.
- As evidence of its compassion and concern about the consequences of its decision, CGFNS provided an opportunity for the June passers to "cure" their present ineligibility by re-taking the equivalent of Tests 3 and 5. CGFNS will therefore gladly accept the passing test scores of any nurse who had the courage to re-take the licensure exam--in whole or in part--in December 2006. And it has urged the Philippine Government to allow the June 2006 passers to re-take Tests 3 and 5 during 2007.
- This decision of the CGFNS Board is final; the matter is settled.
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MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine government may open informal talks with the United States’ Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) to ask for a "flexible implementation" of its policy requiring nurses who passed the June 2006 board exams to retake disputed portions of the test to be eligible for visas, an official said Monday.Swallow the bitter pill, exec tells June ‘06 nursing passers (Inquirer.Net)
MANILA, Philippines -- Swallow the bitter pill if your request is rejected.
In case the US Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools would deny the government’s appeal, passers of the tainted June 2006 nursing licensure examination must accept the American organization’s decision not to give them VisaScreen certificates unless they comply with certain requirements, Dante Ang of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas said.
The CGFNS sent a fact-finding team September last year to look into the controversy-marred licensure exam.
June 2006 passers, however, will be able to qualify for a VisaScreen Certificate by retaking and passing Tests 3 and 5.
The VisaScreen® Certificate is an immigration requirement under section 343 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.
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NCLEX is the US equivalent of the Philippine Nurse Licensure Examination.
Task force NCLEX, a mission from the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, Board of Nursing, and the Philippine Nurses Association went to the United States last week to finalize the negotiation of the conduct of NCLEX here.
A similar retrogression relief was made when US President George W. Bush signed into law a bill recapturing 50,000 visas in May 2005. The recaptured visas ran out November last year.
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Nurses are petitioned by employers using form I-140. Under the proposal, employers will be paying an additional $280 for every petition filed. The complete proposal is available here.
The USCIS predicts a 20% reduction in average processing times by 2009 as a result of the proposed increases.