The idea of recruiting foreign nurses remains a very profitable means to begin growing your medical staffing agency. The barriers to entry though remain high in terms of investment required to attain foreign nurses to begin positioning yourself to cover shifts.
With that said, it is an area that can be moved into with proper research and securing enough investment to sustain the longer time frame needed to actually begin brining over foreign nurses to the states. Likewise, nurses wishing to move to other countries must be handles in similar ways in terms of investment required.
Each and every country may have different laws requiring the importation of nurses. In the US functioning as an employer or at least a go-between the nurse and the facility that will be hiring the nurse, you will have to assist in getting what is called an H1-B Visa.
The H-1B visa allows foreign nurses to be employed by a U. S. employer.
The basic requirement to obtain a qualified position in the U. S by an employer are that the candidate must posses the equivalent of at least a U. S. Bachelors Degree, as well as experience in the field for which approval is sought.
The time allowed to remain in the U. S. is 6 years. However, the “H" visa is specifically exempt from the presumption of immigrant intent.
A job offer must be in place.
Make sure you file a Labor Condition Attestation with the U. S. Department of Labor
Wage survey conducted by the local state employment agency.
I-129H petition by INS
If a nurse comes to the U. S. A on a green card rather than an H-1B Visa, they may be able to stay permanently.
Part 2 will dive straight into how a medical staffing agency is able to recruit foreign nurses to the US. There are several variables that need to be addressed, as always make sure you consult an attorney to cover all your legal requirement and documents, never move into this area without legal counsel As a legal disclaimer, I am not an attorney nor do I claim to be one.
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