The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act is an immigration bill currently under review by the House of Representatives. While the bill aims to allow more Indian nationals into the country for employment in different sectors, including information technology and healthcare, it also poses an imminent risk: a significant decrease in the number of Indian healthcare professionals who can help fill critical openings in facilities across the nation.
The result is a negative impact on helping to close the nursing shortage happening in America.
The new bill would move immigration away from the per-country limits currently in place for foreign nations looking to work in the U.S. and replace it with a system that would unintentionally affect the number of foreign-educated nurses allowed to enter the country.
Indian nationals looking to work in the U.S. for other sectors, such as information technology, would be favored for immigration if the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act were to pass as there are much higher numbers of these professionals than the small number of Indian nurses.
To remedy the situation, Wisconsin’s Republican Sen. Jim Sensenbrenner has proposed The Emergency Nursing Supply Relief Act, which would allocate up to 8,000 visas for foreign-educated healthcare professionals, giving Indian nurses working in this sector a greater chance at getting a visa.
By ensuring that foreign-educated healthcare professionals are able to have a fair chance at emigrating to the U.S. on an employment-based visa would help with the nursing shortage in America. The U.S. is facing one of the worst shortages in history due to many factors including the combination of immigration restrictions, an aging populations, and a shortage of faculty for nursing programs.
According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing,
The Bureau also projects the need for 649,100 replacement nurses in the workforce bringing the total number of job openings for nurses due to growth and replacements to 1.09 million by 2024.
By supporting The Emergency Nursing Supply Relief Act, we can allow for more foreign-educated healthcare professionals into the U.S. in order to help with continuity of care for patients and ensure that the U.S. population is receiving the quality care they deserve.
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