Immigration Attorney Shusterman describes the process of obtaining working visas (H-1B) and permanent residence (green cards) for allied health care workers including medical technologists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists, speech language pathologists and audiologists.
Our law firm represents over 100 hospitals and health care providers across the United States. We have obtained H-1B visas and permanent residence for thousands of health care workers over the past 30 years.
Persons in all of the above occupations are eligible for temporary professional H-1B work visas. They must be sponsored by an employer in the United States, and paid at the prevailing wage for similarly situated US workers.
They must be licensed in the state of intended employment (or be ineligible for a state license solely because they lack social security numbers).
They must possess the required university degree for the job.
In addition, they must obtain a VisaScreen certificate. This certifies that their education is equivalent to the required degree in the U.S. and that they are proficient in English. They must obtain a VisaScreen certificate even if they received their professional education in the United States.
To obtain a green card, the employer must demonstrate that it is unable to find a qualified US professional for the health care workers job.
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“I am an Internationally Educated Nurse petitioned by US employer and the Law Offices of Carl Shusterman helped me throughout the entire process of my IV application. They were extremely thorough with regard to the instructions and the steps that I needed. Francis R., Nashville, Tennessee”
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Health Care Workers is divided into the following subtopics:
- Employers’ Guide
- Medical Technologists
- Occupational Therapists
- Physical Therapists
- Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists
- English Examinations
- H-1Bs for Health Care Workers: Advanced Degree Not Required (5-27-09)
- USCIS Memo: Processing of Schedule A Petitions Under PERM (6-15-05)
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians
- American Medical Technologists (AMT)
- American Society For Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS)
- National Accrediting Agency For Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
- Letter from NBCOT Re: Minimum Degree Requirement for Occupational Therapists
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Occupational Therapists
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Occupational Therapist Assistants and Aides
- National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
- American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Pharmacists
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Pharmacy Technicians
- American Pharmaceutical Association
- North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX)
- Includes Information On Taking The NAPLEX And FPGEE Examinations
- National Community Pharmacists Association
- Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT)
- Foreign Credentialing Commission On Physical Therapy (FCCPT)
- Foreign Credentialing Commission On Physical Therapy (FCCPT) – Forms Download
- USCIS Updates Guidance for Schedule A Occupations (12-02-20)
- Immigration Restrictions and America’s Growing Healthcare Needs (November 2012)
- Letter from CGFNS Re: Minimum Degree Requirement for Physical Therapists (3-26-09)
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Physical Therapists
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides
- American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
- Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
- INS Regulations Re: Physical and Occupational Therapists (4-30-99)
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Speech Language Pathologists
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Audiologists
- American Academy of Audiology (AAA)
- American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)
- American Speech-Language Hearing Foundation (ASHF)
- State Overviews
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
- Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC)
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Carl Shusterman served as an INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) before opening a firm specializing exclusively in US immigration law. He is a Certified Specialist in Immigration Law who has testified as an expert witness before the US Senate Immigration Subcommittee. Carl was featured in the February 2018 edition of SuperLawyers Magazine.
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