Comment: Immigration Provisions In House Covid Bill

Greg Siskind provides a summary of the Health Care Worker Immigration Provisions in the House Phase 4 Covid Bill (The “Heroes Act”)

The provisions of the bill include:

  • Temporary protection for essential critical infrastructure workers: a period of deferred action and authorized for employment for them for 90 days after the emergency ends. See the list of qualifying workers in the summary.

  • Expedited Green Cards for doctors, expedited processing for nonimmigrant petitions for healthcare related professions and emergency visa processing for healthcare professionals;

  • Improved mobility of nonimmigrant healthcare workers in H1Bs. Temporary portability of physicians and healthcare workers.

  • Conrad 30 J-1 program is permanently reauthorized.

  • Special immigration status for Nonimmigrant Covid-19 workers: Total number of principal applicants who may get these green cards is up to 4,000 per year for three years. Per country caps do not apply. Spouses and children do not count towards 12,000 cap and the numbers do not count against the limits of the EB-4 category.

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Article: Siskind Summary: Health Care Worker Provisions in the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (the “HEROES Act”) By Greg Siskind

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