The October 2019 Visa Bulletin saw a significant movement in priority dates for Indian nurses. It means that if you have a current priority date between 2006 and 2009 and have been abandoned by a previous sponsor, your dream could STILL be a reality a lot sooner than you might have thought.
Considering the historic backlog of Indian registered nurses who already have US visa priority dates, this is excellent news and a significant movement.
There are several reasons why priority dates change; however, the US is in critical need of qualified nurses. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019), employment of registered nurses in the US is projected to grow by 13 percent from 2016 to 2016. This is much faster than the average 7 percent for all other occupations in the US and means that 203,700 new RNs are required each year up to 2026.
Whether it’s a fall in nursing student numbers, the current US RN workforce nearing retirement, or the growing number of nurses moving away from the bedside to retrain in alternative roles, there’s a plethora of reasons why US facilities are turning to foreign nurses for their staffing needs.
Why Indian Nurses?
India is a key area for recruitment for US healthcare facilities due to the level of education, and how established the profession is in the country. In 1908, Trained Nurses of India (TNAI) was formed, followed by the Indian Nursing Council (INC) in 1947, which upgraded the basic educational qualification required for candidates entering the profession.
After the INC was established, most of the states in India established their State Nursing Councils (SNC), whose primary function was to conduct examinations and the registration of qualified nurses to permit them to practice. Such movements were responsible for maintaining standards and uniformity in nursing education in India.
Your Next Steps With Conexus
Our team of healthcare and immigration experts not only help nurses taking their first steps towards a career in the US, but we also work with nurses who have existing priority dates who have been abandoned by their previous sponsor.
Once you apply and have all the required documents prepared, you don’t need to worry about a thing when it comes to obtaining your visa, finding a role, mobilizing to the US, and gaining support throughout your assignment.
Conexus is made up of a team dedicated Clinical Recruiters, Clinical Nurse Educators, Immigration Specialists, and Operation Experts who are dedicated to supporting your journey to the US and beyond. So, what are you waiting for? If you’re a qualified nurse in India with an existing priority date between 2006 and 2009, Conexus can make your US dream a reality. Apply today or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.