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The following article was featured in the Indo-American News, November 20th, 2009 issue:

Expiration of the H-1C Nursing Visa
By Attorney Zainab Kayani Rizvi

Ten years ago, the Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas Act (NRDAA) established the H-1C Program to reduce the shortage of qualified nurses in health professional shortage areas.
This program was reauthorized through the Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas Reauthorization Act of 2005, which took effect on December 20, 2006.

However, this Act will shortly be expiring, effective December 21, 2009.
The H-1C Program allowed for certain eligible hospitals to file attestations with the Department of Labor’s, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) to support nonimmigrant worker petitions filed with the Department of Homeland’s Security United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Due to the lack of any legislative action, Congress will no longer reinstate the H-1C program and will no longer accept H-1C Attestations (on Form ETA-9081) for foreign nurses effective 12/21/09.
Other alternatives for employers/petitioners are to file applications through other programs such as the H-1B Program and PERM Program.

As of November 13, 2009, approximately 55,600 H-1B cap-sought petitions were filed, leaving thousands still available in order to meet the 65,000 quota.
For further information, contact the Law Offices of Zainab K. Rizvi at (713) 297-9131 or visit