Nurses and Healthcare Workers

Green card – Registered Nurses

The US Department of Labor has identified certain occupations as Schedule A shortage occupations where there is a lack of qualified US workers. For these occupations, there is a blanket labor certification process where noncitizens can be employed without adversely affecting US workers’ wages and working conditions. Registered nurses and physical therapists are considered Schedule A shortage occupations by the US Department of Labor, which means that they are in high demand and there are not enough people to fill these positions. This also means that it is easier for RNs and physical therapists to immigrate to the United States compared to individuals in other occupations as employers do not have to go through a lengthy and costly PERM process.

Prerequisites before migrating to the United States

Temporary Visas

In order to work in the United States, the foreign national must qualify for a specialty occupation. Generally speaking, Registered Nurses would not qualify for an H-1B1 visa, however, there are some specialized occupations that require Nurses with a bachelor’s or higher degree (such as APRN) and as a result, this would satisfy the requirements for the H-1B visa. Other requirements may be a state license to practice the occupation, completion of a degree, experience, and expertise. Healthcare workers such as medical technologists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists, speech language pathologists and audiologists are eligible for temporary H-1B visas. There is an annual limit of 85,000 H-1B visa petitions that can be approved for cap-subject employers. As the number of petitions submitted exceeds this limit, the USCIS randomly selects which H-1B applicants  will receive H-1B status through the lottery system.

A Registered Nurse is also an approved NAFTA profession. The TN NAFTA Work Visa is only available to citizens of Canada or Mexico. Please see here for more information on NAFTA TN Visa.

How can we help…..

If you are a Nurse with at least a bachelor’s degree in an employment position that requires such specialized skills and you want to explore your immigration possibilities, please call the Law offices of Trupti N Patel & Associates – Immigration Lawyer Boston at (617) 367 6750.

Law Offices of Trupti N Patel & Associates
One Boston Place, 201 Washington St #2600, Boston, MA 02108
(617) 367-6750


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“Thank you so much for all of the hard work you have put in to the process of helping me become a permanent resident. This has been a long journey that has been challenging at times. It has taken 6 years, 3 jobs, 2 states, 2 renewals of my H1-B, multiple trips to embassies/consulates in…

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“First to say – i finally received a green card with these guys help! Everyone working at this law office is very knowledgeable and responsive. I have been working with them through my employer and it has been several years. My H1B was approved through this law office as well. I recommend anyone who is…

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“It is recommended that one should have an immigration lawyer handy. I recommend that this attorney be Trupti Patel. My case was not straightforward and they were very helpful. They get a lot of referrals and very busy but always available when you need them. I found them very knowledgeable about all types of immigration…

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We are extremely happy with the Trupti N. Patel & Associates services, and it has been almost ten years that we have been working with Attorney Patel and her staff for all our US non-immigrant visa and immigration requirements and they consistently provide us with outstanding value. Their fees are extremely competitive, yet they offer…

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Trupti Patel associates are the best professional law firm and highly knowledgeable staff. Really appreciate the patience and empathy presented by Trupti and AnnMarie during all stages / scenarios they handle on each case. Highly recommend Trupti Patel associates if you want prompt, trusted and knowledgeable team to address any visa cases. Thank you.

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The team at TNP does a good job gauging the client’s needs and attending to them. I have had a fair share of ups and down with the defunct legal immigration process here in America and the TNP team has helped me navigate the same. I would particularly like to recommend legal assistant Ms. AnnMarie…

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