The Visa Bulletin: Your Place in the Line
With the October 2020 Visa Bulletin for the new fiscal year set to be issued in the coming weeks, we thought it would be a good time to recap what the Visa Bulletin actually is, how it works, and why it’s important for international nurses and international nursing students in the U.S. to understand how it can influence your nursing career in the U.S.
The Visa Bulletin is released monthly by USCIS and the Department of State to determine when a sponsored foreign national can submit to work and live in the U.S. Essentially the priority date, released in the Visa Bulletin, establishes your place in the line to immigrate to the U.S. or to continue working in the U.S. as a permanent U.S. resident. For the September 2020 Visa Bulletin, the priority dates for the EB-3 visa showed no movement. Our Conexus Immigration team attributes no movement largely to the impact of COVID-19. As soon as the new Visa Bulletin is released, we will let you know here. You will also be able to find the latest update over on our Facebook and LinkedIn.
What to do next?
If you are ready to start your nursing career in the U.S. but don’t know what to do first, our advice would be to do some of your own research and find an agency that is not only currently filing visas for qualified international nurses, but an agency that will hire and match you to a healthcare facility that compliments your skills and career aspirations, like Conexus MedStaff.