New USCIS Memo on H-1B Visas for Nurses

USCIS recently released a seven-page memo providing a clearer definition of which RN positions qualify for the H-1B Visa.

Three general groups of nursing jobs in the US now qualify for the H-1B visa:

1) Nursing positions at healthcare organizations, under the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program. An H1B sponsor with ANCC Magnet status indicates that its nursing workforce has attained high standards of nursing practice and possesses at least a bachelor’s degree.

2) Nurses performing specialized and complex duties usually associated with the attainment of a bachelor’s degree, such as:

addiction nurses

cardiovascular nurses

critical care nurses

emergency room nurses

genetics nurses

neonatology nurses

nephrology nurses

oncology nurses

pediatric nurses

peri-operative nurses

rehabilitation nurses

3) Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) is considered a specialty occupation “due to the advanced level of education and training required for certification.” Some APRN positions include the Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM); the Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS); Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP); and the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

All nurses in the US must possess a nursing license.

To be licensed, the nurse must complete an approved nursing program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

Other specific requirements to practice the nursing profession vary from state-to-state.

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