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Season's Greetings from Pinoy R.N.

Here's a shout out to the world-class filipino nurses and student nurses:

Maligayang Pasko

Malipayon nga Paskwa

Maupay nga Pasko

Maogmang Pasko

Maayong Pasko

Naragsak a Paskua

....And to our friends from all over the world:

Selamat Natal

نايا سال مبارک هو

聖誕快樂 新年快樂 [圣诞快乐 新年快乐]

Fröhliche Weihnachten und ein gutes neues Jahr

ന വവത്സര ആശംസ

اجمل التهاني بمناسبة الميلاد و حلول السنة الجديدة (Ajmel altehani bemonasebt almīlad wa helol alseneh aljedīdah)

Bon Nadal

Joyeux Noël

Mele Kalikimaka

Buon Natale

С Рождеством Христовым


Recognizing the worsening nursing shortage in the United States and its effect on the U.S. healthcare and economy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) Ombudsman has issued a memo outlining several recommendations in expediting the processing and approval of nurse visas.

After conducting several meetings with nursing organizations and stakeholders, the CIS Ombudsman acknowledged that the limited number of nurse visa remains to be the primary hindrance for many immigrants and non-immigrants seeking employment in the United States.

While it conceded that the number of visas available can only be addressed through legislation by the U.S. congress and senate, the CIS Ombudsman has identified the following points in facilitating the processing of immigration applications.

In a memo released last Friday, the CIS Ombudsman recommends that the USCIS:

  1. Separate and prioritize Schedule A green card nurse applications so that they can be expedited, without the requirement of a written request, upon immigrant visa availability;
  2. Centralize Schedule A nurse applications at one designated USCIS service center to facilitate more efficient and consistent processing of Schedule A applications; and
  3. Regularly communicate with DOL and develop points of contacts at DOL to discuss concerns and direct inquiries regarding the processing of nurse immigration applications.
A copy of the CIS memo to the USCIS has been obtained by Pinoy R.N. and is available below.
Click here to enlarge the CIS document.

Related Link:

Retrogression Update: Obama Outlines Immigration Policies


As americans count the days before Obama formally takes office on January 20 next year, filipino nurses are also looking forward to how an Obama presidency will positively impact their american dream in the midst of a seemingly never-ending visa retrogression.

On his website, President-elect Barack Obama has outlined his administration's approach in addressing the ever-polarizing issue of immigration. Obama's immigration policies can be summarized by these three points:

1. America's borders must be secured
2. America's immigration system must be improved
3. Provide a path to legalization for undocument immigrants

What's vital for filipino nurses is Obama's resolve to fix the dysfunctional immigration bureaucracy and increase the number of legal immigrants to keep families together and meet the demand for jobs that employers cannot fill.

The prospect of the visa retrogression getting lifted in 2009 is good if Obama's blueprint for change becomes a reality.

"The time to fix our broken immigration system is now… We need stronger enforcement on the border and at the workplace… But for reform to work, we also must respond to what pulls people to America… Where we can reunite families, we should. Where we can bring in more foreign-born workers with the skills our economy needs, we should."

-- Barack Obama, Statement on U.S. Senate Floor
May 23, 2007

Related Article:

3rd ALLGEN Open-House on January 10, 2009

Planning to take an NCLEX Review Class? Looking for a venue where your NCLEX concerns can all be addressed? If you are a nurse in search of an NCLEX review center, come and join ALLGEN for the 3rd ALLGEN Open-House in partnership with the Nurse Exam Application Center (NEAC) on Saturday, January 10 between 2 to 4pm.

Listen and learn from industry experts as they guide you on:

1. The NCLEX Application Process, how do I go about it?

2. Is CGFNS still a requirement to be a US-RN?
3. IELTS, is it a must to my American Dream?
4. Preparing for the NCLEX Exam
5. Introduction to the 17-Day ALLGEN Review Program

This 2-hour activity, which includes snacks & drinks, is absolutely FREE.

Interested? Call ALLGEN at (02) 567-0641 / (0918) 468-8222 or e-mail them at You may also visit them at Unit # 507 T.M. Kalaw Ctr. Bldg., T.M. Kalaw St., Manila.

The 3rd ALLGEN Open-House offers limited slots only, so reserve now!

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