Immigration benefits for foreign doctors, nurses, and other medical workers has become a major policy concern during the worldwide covid-19 pandemic, which has resulted in tens of thousands of covid-19 deaths in the United States. The rapid spread of covid-19 infections among healthcare staff at hospitals in addition to large influxes of sick covid-19 patients in critical care units has exacerbated the need for trained physicians. In response, the American Medical Association (AMA) has requested the Trump administration to exempt international medical graduates on J-1, H-1B, and O-1 visas from any future immigration bans or limitations. The shortage of medical workers has also prompted bipartisan support of the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act, which aims to provide 40,000 unused green card slots to foreign health care workers.
In honor of the sacrifices and life-saving contributions of our healthcare professionals, WR is providing a FREE webinar on Immigration Options for Doctors, Nurses, and Healthcare workers on Thursday, May 14th and 12PM PDT. Click here to register.
- Roll Call, “Exemption Sought for Foreign Physicians in Next Immigration Ban” (May 6, 2020) https://www.rollcall.com/2020/05/06/exemption-sought-for-foreign-physicians-in-next-immigration-ban/