The Bureau of Consular Affairs at the U.S. Department of State has announced the new priority dates for Philippines nurses looking to migrate to the USA will become CURRENT in July 2019 and stay current all summer long!
Conexus Medstaff strips back what this actually means for nurses in the Philippines looking to embark on a career in the US. Also, discover why healthcare providers should be so enthusiastic about this news.
Is this good news?
In short, yes! The Visa Bulletin has shown that many more in nurses in the Philippines are now eligible to find work in the USA. This means that now is the ideal time to pass those all-important NCLEX and IELTS exams to ensure your readiness to make the move.
Those who have already completed the exams can benefit from the Conexus Medstaff bonus scheme. This means that if you already have your NCLEX when you sign your contract (and are not from a partner that we already pay a fee to), we will pay you a $1,000 bonus. You’ll receive that bonus in two installments: $500 on your first day of work, and the remaining $500 after 90 days.
There’s also an incentive if you have completed your IELTS as well as your NCLEX at the point of applying. If that is the case, we will process your application via premium processing, which will speed up your deployment date to the USA by six months.
Additionally, if you have IELTS and/or visa screen, we offer an additional $500 bonus on top of reimbursing the cost you paid for the visa screen and IELTS.
What is a "priority date?"
The priority date is a United States immigration concept. It is the date set when a nurse first expresses the desire of immigration to the appropriate US governmental body. For employment-based immigration, these petitions are filed either at the United States Department of Labor or USCIS.
This depends on two factors: whether or not a labor certification is required. In other words, whether you have proof of a job offer before you move or not. The priority date is an applicant’s place in the immigration queue to the USA, with different reasons for immigration carrying different waiting levels.
There are two main parts to immigration for nurses:
Credentialing. This is to ensure you have the proper qualifications and certifications to begin a career as a nurse in the USA. The timing of credentialing is largely dependent on the applicant and is a process that Conexus Medstaff will help you with.
The Immigration Visa process is dependent on the U.S. Government. Immigration includes the application for the visa, security checks by the U.S. Government and ensuring applicants meet the appropriate qualification thresholds. Once again, Conexus Medstaff will help you with this.
So, is the change in the priority date anything new?
Let’s put this into context. Between June 2014 and April 2015, the “wait time” for visas reduced from over six years down to between six to eight months. However, these numbers can change, with many factors impacting the reasons why.
Need NCLEX advice?
Passing the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse) exam is one of the most significant steps to working as an RN in the USA.
That’s why Conexus Medstaff has partnered with NCLEX experts and international RNs already working in the USA. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide for RNs who are ready to embark on the next stage in their nursing journey.
Download your guide and embark on your dream career in the US today!
[DOWNLOAD] What does it mean for healthcare providers?
In short, healthcare providers (be it HMOs, hospitals, or long-term care facilities) should be ecstatic with this news.
Historically, Filipino nurses have a long-standing tradition delivering quality care in the nursing profession in the US. In our experiences in one particular client, the nurses we've provided:
- helped slash organizational costs;
- delivered ROI, and;
- strengthened relationships with patients.
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