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Visa Recapture Dropped from Approriations Bill


The much talked-about Labor Health and Human Services appropriations bill, where a recapture of 61,000 nurse visas was initially attached, was approved yesterday by a combined conference committee of both the U.S. House and Senate.

However, the nurse amendment did not survive the conference. The recapture provision would have provided temporary relief to the lingering nurse visa backlog that is projected to last until 2009 with the looming U.S. presidential election.

Meanwhile, the law firm Hammond Law Group (HLG) predicts that another bridge amendment would be introduced soon in one of the forthcoming budget bills.

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