18 February 2015
Category News Room
18 February 2015,

On February 18th, USCIS issued an updated Policy Memorandum clarifying when Registered Nurses (RNs) may qualify for an H-1B. While most RNs will not qualify, USCIS has recognized that there are certain types of nursing positions that require the minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, including Certified Nurse-Midwife, Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Nurse Practitioner, and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. Determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis. USCIS also reminds foreign national nurses to be cognizant of licensing requirements, especially in relation to the Nurse Licensure Compact. This policy memorandum is identical to the draft memorandum that was circulated last year, and thus simply reconfirms USCIS’s current position.  This does not allow for additional RN positions to receive H-1 consideration, but generally provides direction to USCIS staff on areas in nursing where bachelor degrees are the usual hiring requirement.  Here is a link to the full memorandum.

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