Immigration Hospitals and Health Care

The challenges health care providers face staffing their organizations are complex and multidimensional.

Hospitals and healthcare facilities must navigate increasing patient populations as the baby boomer generation needs more medical care, all while facing workforce shortages at every level, from nurses, to family practice physicians, to skilled surgeons.

We work with healthcare Human Resource Leaders to address their workforce shortages through hiring foreign physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals. Nonetheless, the immigration landscape in the United States has seen challenges of its own, work visa applications and green card petitions that were once seen as routine are now under heavy scrutiny.

Now, more than ever, hospitals and healthcare providers must have comprehensive immigration plans and protocols in place to set themselves up for success, and to offer security and peace of mind to their valued team members.

Healthcare Professionals

Healthcare providers can hire foreign nationals for a number of positions as long as the individual can present certification from a USCIS-approved credentialing organization.

The credentialing process ensures the individual has met the minimum requirements for training, licensing and English proficiency in their field. 

These Certification programs exist for:

  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech-language pathologists and audiologists
  • Medical technologists and clinical laboratory scientists
  • Medical technicians and clinical laboratory technicians
  • Physician assistants

An H-1B visa is applicable for any position that requires the U.S. equivalent of a bachelor’s degree or higher. Unlike some nursing positions, which require two-year degree programs, many positions available for healthcare worker certification require bachelor’s or master’s degrees, and therefore qualify for H-1B sponsorship.

Challenges facing healthcare systems in 2019 have created shortages of critical healthcare providers throughout the United States a shortage that could exceed 500,000 nurses by 2030, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

While programs like the Conrad 30 Waiver exist specifically to hire foreign doctors in medically underserved areas, there are no such solutions to address profound shortages in nursing. Fortunately, there are other strategies used by today’s human resource leaders to hire foreign nurses and stem staffing shortfalls.

Hospitals and healthcare institutions can hire qualifying healthcare professionals as they are not subject to the competitive H-1B lottery. If you are interested in learning more about how an immigration strategy can help your health care institution, contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our specialized attorneys.