A health-professional admissions program could help refugees and non-refugees get the employment they deserve based on their qualifications. One of the biggest challenges that today’s healthcare professionals face is brain waste, which entails employees suffering from underemployment despite their sufficient qualifications. This is especially difficult for refugees who are often unable to find employment that’s relevant to their individual qualifications and education.
Proposing a Health-Professional Admissions Program
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, a majority of states contained hospitals that saw severe shortages of nurses, doctors, and other medical staff. To combat this and ensure that hospitals and patients alike benefit from the staff and care they need, certain implementations may help qualified healthcare professionals, hospitals, and patients.
Specifically, a health-professional admissions program could be the key to helping qualified professionals land the jobs they deserve. Simultaneously, this could help relieve the ongoing staffing shortage in the healthcare industry. The program would work by generating a type of public-private partnership. This partnership would include a combination of employer-sourced support and a federally sponsored platform that could connect employers with qualified and eligible job candidates before admitting them into the U.S.
Refugees in the U.S. frequently have a difficult time getting credentials recognized after admission into the U.S. However, a health-professional admissions program could enable employers seeking qualified workers to more effectively support foreign health workers by easing the re-credentialing process before admission.
Easily Matching Employers to Qualified Candidates
Using the federal matching platform, employers would be able to connect with prospective employees. In the process, the program would avoid certain competing employment visa caps because of its separation from Schedule A as a nonimmigrant visa program. For instance, it wouldn’t apply to visas such as EB-2 or EB-3 Schedule A, Group 1 visas.
The key difference that separates this program from other healthcare professional visa options is the ability to provide workers with employer support through the re-credentialing process. This would be achievable using the federal matching platform included with this program.
Nonrefugees may also qualify for this program, but refugees who require it for re-credentialing in the U.S. would receive top priority, particularly if the number of applicants is higher than the quota.
Ultimately, the health-professional admissions program would help make sure that qualified foreign nurses and other medical workers get the re-credentialing and employment they seek prior to admission into the U.S.