20,000 H-1B Visas Now Available
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) currently is preparing regulations for the implementation of the Omnibus Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2005. Pursuant to an exemption established under this Act, USCIS will be able to process additional petitions for H-1B workers for FY 2005. The immigration service has just changed its position and will accept applications for all H-1B candidates, not just those with a graduate degree from a US college. The available petitions for FY 2005 will be applied to all qualified H-1B nonimmigrant aliens, and will not be limited to those individuals holding a masters degree or higher degree from a
institution of higher learning. U.S.
The effective date is March 8, 2005. However, USCIS advises employers not to file H-1B petitions until USCIS publishes a rule concerning the Visa Reform Act and related issues. Infact, USCIS has stated it will reject any new H-1B petition that is received prior to the filing date set forth in the regulations.
For more information please contact our US office at 603-228-1277.
USCIS EXTENDS COMMENT PERIOD FOR PROPOSED CHANGE TO H-2B PROGRAM
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it is extending the public comment period for a proposed rule that would significantly alter the H-2B program. Starting with the date the extension notice publishes in the Federal Register, individuals can submit public comments to USCIS for an additional 30 days.
The H-2B program allows
employers to request foreign workers to fill a one-time, peak load, intermittent, or seasonal need for labor when no workers are available in the local job force. Among other things, the new rule would: U.S.
ุ Establish a one-step petition process for
employers seeking H-2B temporary workers, U.S.
ุ Require electronic filing of the Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker (Form I-129) in most instances,
ุ With limited exceptions, eliminate the need for
employers to obtain a labor certification for the Department of Labor, and U.S.
ุ Establish new management mechanisms allowing USCIS to maintain the integrity of the program.
Under the proposed one-step process, most employers will no longer be required to file for a labor certification from the Department of Labor before filing a petition with the Department of Homeland Security. In the future, most employers will file a petition directly with Homeland Security after conducting their recruitment for
These regulations are merely proposals for public consideration and comment. Existing H-2B regulations and policies remain in force until further notice. The issuance of these proposed regulations does not change the statutory cap of 66,000 H-2B nonimmigrant visas which are available each fiscal year. USCIS previously announced that the cap for FY 05 has already been met as of January 3, 2005.
National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Announced the Date and Locations for the Summer 2005 Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination
According to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) the next FPGEE examination will be held on June 25, 2005 and offered at the following three (3) locations:
- Northlake (Chicago), IL;
New York City; and
. San Mateo, CA
NABP will continue to accept FPGEC applications.
Registration Letters for the June 25, 2005 examination will be mailed in early spring 2005, to those who have been accepted to sit for the exam. We recommend you waiting to receive your Registration Letters before making any travel arrangements for the exam.
After the examination, NABP will mail your FPGEC examination results to the address on your Score Report Address Form approximately 8 to 10 weeks after the test date. Your score cannot be obtained earlier and will not be reported by telephone, fax, or e-mail.
For more information and FAQs please see the 'Online Resources' section of this newsletter below.
Please contact our U.S. office at 603-228-1277 or our Paris office at 01.44.71.35.28 if you have any questions!
CERTIFICATION PROGRAM - 2005 Exam Dates and Locations
CGFNS has announced the dates of its Qualifying Exam for 2005. Application deadlines listed below cannot be extended. The dates and deadlines are as follows:
Deadline for NEW Applications
Deadline for Re-Applications
Location/Test Date Change Deadline
March 9, 2005
December 08, 2004
December 29, 2004
July 13, 2005
April 13, 2005
May 11, 2005
May 04, 2005
September 21, 2005
June 22, 2005
July 20, 2005
July 13, 2005
November 9, 2005
August 10, 2005
September 07, 2005
August 31, 2005
September Special Administration Exam Locations are:
Center 501 Chicago, Illinois Center 819 Copenhagen, Denmark Center 510 Houston, Texas Cochin, Center 851 India Center 530 Miami, Florida Center 907 Cebu City, Philippines Center 540 New York, New York
Center 925 Abuja, Nigeria
CGFNS Reserves the Right to Close Any
If the Situation Warrants. Exam Center
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY APPROVES CGFNS TO CONTINUE CERTIFYING FOREIGN-BORN HEALTH CARE WORKERS
The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) and its division, the International Commission on Healthcare Professions (ICHP), have been approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to continue certifying internationally-born health care workers in seven occupations covered under section 212 (a)(5)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
The approval is valid for five years and comprises a visa credentials assessment certification for:
- Nurses (registered and licensed vocational nurses)
- Physical therapists
- Speech-language pathologists and audiologists
- Medical technologists
- Medical technicians
- Occupational therapists, and
- Physician assistants
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