Skilled and educated workers come into the United States from other countries to seek opportunities for themselves and their families. There are already many medical professionals in a variety of specializations who were born and educated abroad before entering the United States through a work visa. 

Some medical professionals stay in the United States for many years on temporary work visas and contribute substantially to the health and safety of their host community. Although securing work visas is typically a very competitive process with far more demand than supply, there may be increased opportunities for medical professionals abroad in the near future due to a pending federal bill that could allocate them more visas.

Long Acres want to make 40,000 unused visas available to Medical workers

The federal government places strict limits on the number of visas it approves in several different categories. While certain kinds of immigration don’t have limits, other categories, like the H-1B visa have limits on the number of visas approved and even get handed out using a lottery system. 

As such, skilled workers with a desire to enter the United States and the ability to perform in-demand work may languish indefinitely, waiting for their chance at legal residence and medical work in the United States. 

However, despite limits on the visas awarded each year, there are an estimated 40,000 visas sitting unused. Lawmakers have proposed allocating those unused visas to medical workers. If the bill passes and gets signed into law, more medical professionals hoping to travel to and work in the United States may soon be able to do so.

Immigration is a complicated process, no matter what your circumstances. Find out more about how the changes coming could affect you and your family.