Navigating the Hiring Process for International Nurses
Bringing foreign nurses on board can be an effective strategy to address staffing shortages in medical facilities. These nurses, pursuing permanent residency, tend to offer greater stability within organizations compared to temporary staff. Additionally, international nurses often require less on-the-job training compared to recent nursing graduates. However, recruiting them involves overcoming certain legal challenges. The good news is that healthcare employers can play an active role in streamlining the employment visa process.
Before delving into the specifics of EB-3 visa requirements and procedures, it’s important to differentiate between EB-3 visas and visas for temporary or permanent workers. If your facility seeks to hire contract or temporary nurses, the H-1B program might be necessary, granting visas for specialty occupation nonimmigrant aliens for up to three years, extendable to a maximum of six years in some cases.
For more sustained support within your facility, let’s explore the EB-3 visa application process, encompassing requirements for both employers and nursing professionals.