WASHINGTON (CN) – Worker protections for foreign nurses hired under the Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas program are still in place, according to a Labor Department regulation.
Nurses remaining in the U.S. who are employed under an H-1C visa still must be paid appropriately and must not be moved from one worksite to another or be made to work at a worksite not under the control of the facility that requested the nurse from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The nursing relief program was established in 1999 to respond to the need for qualified nursing professionals in understaffed facilities serving mostly poor patients in certain inner cities and rural areas.
The program allowed certain health care facilities to file, and the Department of Labor to review, approve and enforce, attestation applications to employ foreign workers as registered nurses in health professional shortage areas on a temporary basis under the H-1C visa. Facilities filed these forms with the DOL as a condition for petitioning the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, for H-1C nurses.
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