LTC Coalition Sends Letter to USCIS Regarding Health Care Providers

Advocacy; Workforce

AHCA/NCAL led a long term care coalition letter to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regarding a significant delay of premium processing out of the Texas center for Immigrant Petitions for Registered Nurses. Processing typically is a 15-day timeframe; however, it is taking between four to six months for the file to be transferred to the National Visa Center (NVC).  
Until the file reaches NVC, the nurse is not able to proceed with the remainder of the process (i.e., paying the immigrant visa fee, submitting civil documents, and getting the interview scheduled). This delay at the Texas Service Center affects employers, including health care providers, in half of the entire U.S. The Coalition has asked USCIS to investigate this matter and resolve it as quickly as possible.