In an effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and tap into available healthcare workers from around the world, on May 5, 2020 a group of six senators introduced bipartisan legislation which seeks to enhance the healthcare workforce by recapturing 40,000 unused immigrant visas (“green cards”) for doctors (15,000) and nurses (25,000). Shortly afterwards, a companion bill was introduced in the House of Representatives, an encouraging sign that both houses of Congress are making efforts to address the nationwide shortage of physicians and nurses.

The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act (S.3599 / H.R. 6788) offers a temporary reprieve to green card backlogs for physicians currently waiting in the queue to become lawful permanent residents of the United States.

Read the full post on our Immigration Blog. Our immigration attorneys are closely monitoring the progress of this proposed legislation and will provide updates as they are made available.

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