Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/filnurse/public_html/wp-settings.php on line 219

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/filnurse/public_html/wp-settings.php on line 234

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/filnurse/public_html/wp-settings.php on line 241

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/filnurse/public_html/wp-settings.php on line 248

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/filnurse/public_html/wp-settings.php on line 273

Deprecated: Function set_magic_quotes_runtime() is deprecated in /home/filnurse/public_html/wp-settings.php on line 27
Visa retrogression : Filipino Nurses News – Latest & Hottest News about Pinoy Nurses Worldwide

Looking for US Visa Retrogression (Backlog) News and Updates?

August 10, 2008 · Filed Under Insights, Work in the US · Comment 

People are asking us if we have any US Visa Retrogression news and updates for them. There has been a lot of talks about this issue again lately because of the perceived oversupply of nurses in the Philippines. But what is the real reason why so many people are looking for the US Visa retrogression news and updates?

It is the fact that many Pinoy nurses prefers to still work in the US.

Pinoys still desperately believe that the key to their being rich is in the US mainland. With what is happening now in the Philippine local economy and the world economic crisis, we can’t blame Filipinos to dream big in the US even if the US economy is still dwindling. This is one of the primary reasons why most high school graduates, even if they dont want Nursing personally, will take up Nursing as they are led to believe that nursing is their ticket to America.

But with limitations that the US retrogression offers, the long wait and dying hopes is frustrating many people mostly nursing graduates. In the meantime, what will the nurses do. Even the call centers are rumored to reject nursing students to become call center agents. So if they stay in the Philippines, what else will they do? For some, they will most likely take odd jobs and shortchange themselves for what’s their worth.

With the worldwide aspiration to go to the US competing at each other, we can only imagine that the backlog (retrogression) of US Visa will continue to be a major hindrance for many Filipinos to go to the States. The only real hope in the horizon is the passing of the US Emergency Nursing Supply Release Act of 2008 or HR 5924.

For the latest update on retrogression, here is the latest July 2008 US Visa Bulletin.




HR 5924 Updates : The US Emergency Nursing Supply Release Act is HR 5924

August 3, 2008 · Filed Under In the news, Work in the US · 3 Comments 

Need updates on the US House Bill HR 5924?

Here is the current status by date:



Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.


Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
Referred to House Judiciary

Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law.

To know more how a bill get approved into a US law, please click here.

What is HR 5924 and how this bill affects the Filipino Nurses?

The bill, called H.R. 5924, or “The Emergency Nursing Supply Relief Act,” was introduced to the US House of Representatives on April 29, 2008 by a representative from Florida named Robert Waxler. The title of the bill states : To provide relief for the shortage of nurses in the United States, and for other purposes

This bill seeks to amend the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000 to lift the numerical limitations for employment based immigrants (and accompanying family members) for nurses and physical therapists until September 30, 2011, subject to a cap.

This HR 5924 has the following key points affecting Filipino nurses:

1. Lifting of retrogression for Schedule A workers. Any immigrant visa quotas or caps are waived for all visa applications filed for Shortage Occupations (Schedule A occupations: Physical Therapists and Registered Nurses), provided that the I-140 (Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker) is filed prior to September 30, 2011.

2. 20,000 primary beneficiary quota. While there is no retrogression for Schedule A cases filed before September 30, 2011, Consulates may not approve more than 20,000 primary beneficiary visas in any one year. There is no quota for the immediate family members of such beneficiaries.

In summary, the bill basically seeks to allow additional Visas to be set aside for foreign-trained nurses (including Filipino nurses of course) and physical therapists.

This is will partially if not fully solve the reported dwindling demand for Nurses in the US brought about by the US Visa number retrogression. Visa ‘Retrogression’ occurs when a cut-off date established by the US Department of State moves backwards or when visas in a particular category become completely unavailable.

The most immediate impact of retrogression is that the beneficiary of an approved I-140 petition may have to wait for his or her priority date to become current in order to start the adjustment of status process, and consequently, obtain employment authorization in the US. Foreign nationals, like Pinoy nurses, will have to wait for their priority date to become current to receive an immigrant visa. Their visa petitions will be kept on hold until their priority date becomes current.

The HR 5924 updates will be posted to this site from time to time. If you are interested in working in the US,we suggest you subscribe to our feed for more updates as this bill move forward.