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.