Strained US Hospitals Seek Foreign Nurses Amid Visa Windfall

With American hospitals facing a dire shortage of nurses amid a slogging pandemic, many are looking abroad for health care workers.

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In this Feb. 1, 2022, photo provided by University of Louisville Hospital, Faith Akinmade, an ICU nurse at the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Ky., who is originally from Nigeria, poses for a photo in front of the hospital. After completing college in the United States, Akinmade has been working at the hospital, but her work permit is set to expire in March and she said she needs it renewed, or her green card approved, to stay on the job. Hospitals and recruiters are hoping international nurses like Akimnade and others overseas will be able to snap up a larger-than-usual number of immigrant visas that are available this fiscal year to professionals seeking to move to the United States. (Tom Round/University of Louisville Hospital via AP)
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With American hospitals facing a dire shortage of nurses amid a slogging pandemic, many are looking abroad for health care workers. And it could be just in time. There’s an unusually high number of green cards available this year for foreign professionals, including nurses, who want to move to the United States — twice as many as just a few years ago. That’s because U.S. consulates shut down during the coronavirus pandemic weren’t issuing visas…

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