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Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration

by Christopher T. Musillo

Editor's note: Here are the latest entries from Chris Musillo's blog

May 27, 2009

USCIS Will Accept Bachelors PT/OT

I am pleased to report that we have been successful in the goal of or PT/OT lawsuit! As you can see from this Memorandum, going forward the USCIS will approve all PT/OTs provided that the beneficiary holds at least a Bachelors degree.

Later today or tomorrow, the USCIS is going to formally release this Memorandum. (UPDATE: It has been posted). An advance copy was sent to us last night by the DHS' lawyer in our lawsuit. The Memorandum says exactly what we hoped it would: if a PT/OT (or any healthcare worker) holds a valid unrestricted license, then the USCIS adjudicating officer should not look past the license and "the beneficiary will be considered to meet the qualifications to perform services in a specialty occupation."

The Memorandum also clarifies what happens if the worker is not in possession of a state license. The USCIS adjudicating officer must first determine the state requirements. Then if the only thing prohibiting the worker from obtaining the license is a SSN or valid immigration status and/or being physically present in the US, then the USCIS should approve the case for one years' time.

We knew the law was on our side and so it is good to see the USCIS make the proper determination. All cap-subject H-1 cases should be approved, as we'd hoped when we started this.
-Chris Musillo