Companion pieces of legislation have been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate that aim to alleviate some of the long delays for medical professionals seeking to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis.
Specifically, this legislation proposes to recapture 40,000 unused immigrant visas from past years and make them available for doctors and nurses. Fifteen thousand of these visas would be made available to doctors and 25,000 would be made available to nurses. These visas would be allocated based on priority date without regard to country of birth. Unlimited visas for spouses and children of these visa applicants would also be available.
The legislation also includes a directive to the Departments of Homeland Security and State to expedite these application processes as much as possible.
A final component of the proposed legislation would require employers seeking these visas for prospective medical professional employees to attest that U.S. workers have not and will not be displaced.
If passed, this legislation would help foreign national medical professionals come to and remain in the United States. The passage of this legislation is ongoing, so we will continue to monitor its status.
Please contact the Foster Garvey Labor, Employment & Immigration team if you have any questions regarding this and other visa applications.
We sincerely hope everyone is staying healthy. We understand that many organizations are adjusting their operations to respond to the challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak and for the protection of employees, including closing office facilities and directing employees to remotely work from home or another location. As a reminder, H-1B and E-3 authorization approved for foreign workers is specific to a number of issues including the employer, wage, work location and job duties.
In general, any location where an H-1B or E-3 employee is performing work should be covered by a U.S. Department of Labor certified Labor Condition Application (“LCA”), which includes posting and notice requirements. H-1B or E-3 employee whose home is within normal commuting distance of the normal place of employment should re-post the existing LCA (even though it does not specifically include their home address as a work location) for 10 consecutive business days to comply with notice and posting requirements, and the posting notices must be placed in the Public Access File when taken down.
Please contact the Foster Garvey Labor, Employment & Immigration team if you have any questions regarding this and other worksite-related obligations of an H-1B or E-3 employer.
Foster Garvey’s International practice group comprises a cross-disciplinary group of attorneys practicing in areas ranging from business transactions, immigration, maritime, government regulatory work, transportation and logistics and estate planning. The group members include bilingual and multicultural attorneys who are well-versed in handling these subject matters in a cross-border context. A number of attorneys have been actively practicing in the international arena since the early 1970s.