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A bill has been filed in the U.S. Congress seeking to create a special non-immigrant visa category for filipino nurses and other foreign registered nurses.

The proposed legislation dubbed, "The Nursing Relief Act of 2009" (H.R. 1001), will create a temporary W Visa category for registered nurses. It will work in a very similar way as the H-1B visa except that the category is exclusive to registered nurses.

The proposed W Visa cateogory will have a yearly numerical limit of 50,000. However, the cap may be increased depending on the demand for foreign nurses. A W Visa will be valid for three (3) years at a time.

Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department has released the Visa Bulletin for April 2009 and it shows that the priority dates for the visa classification, where filipino registered nurses are under, has retrogressed further to back to March 2003 from May 2005.

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Full text of The Nursing Relief Act of 2009 (H.R. 1001)

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