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Immigration Reform Needed to Alleviate Doctor Shortages

Written By The Shapiro Law Group on December 18, 2012

As a spate of recent media reports have noted, patients in the U.S. are waiting longer and longer to get medical care as newer patients gain insurance under state and federal health care reforms.

Thus, now may be the time to overhaul anachronistic immigration policies that prevent a sufficient number of foreign-born physicians, nurses and other medical personnel from working in this country, according to a new study from the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP).

Some health care organizations have already been looking into hiring more foreign-trained health-care professionals to fill growing gaps in the healthcare workforce. Thus, the NFAP report has called on Congress to dramatically expand the very limited number of employment-based green cards and visas available to foreign-born doctors and nurses.

Immigration reform should also speed up the processing of petitions for work authorizations and green cards, which can currently take months or even years to obtain.

If you would like to see immigration reforms that would support the health care system, please call or write to your Congressman or Senator.

If you are an employer and need help with processing of petitions to sponsor foreign-born workers, please do not hesitate to call our office at (847) 564-0712 for an appointment to speak with a qualified lawyer. You can also check out our immigration law Website for more information about how we might assist you.