US Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and US Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) introduced a bill, known as the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act, on November 2, 2023, to address the nation’s shortage of physicians and nurses.

If passed, this bill will recapture 25,000 unused immigrant visa for nurses and 15,000 unused immigrant visas for physicians, from previous years. These visas would not be subject to the per country numerical limit that has led to lengthy waits for green cards for nurses and physicians from several countries.

Spouses and children that are accompanying or following to join these nurses and physicians, would be eligible for immigrant visas as part of this bill too. The spouses and children’s visas would not be considered as part of the 25,000 and 15,000 allocated visas for the nurses and physicians.

The nurse and physician cases would be required to be adjudicated by USCIS under USCIS’s premium processing program. There will be no additional fee for the premium processing.