Feb 03, 2022

Strained US hospitals seek foreign nurses amid visa windfall

Posted Feb 03, 2022 3:40 PM

(AP)- Many American hospitals are looking abroad for health care workers, saying they're facing a dire shortage of nurses amid the slogging pandemic.

It could be just in time as there's an unusually high number of green cards available this year for foreign professionals seeking to move to the United States.

The reason is U.S. consulates were closed during the coronavirus pandemic, leaving tens of thousands of unused visa slots for eligible workers.

The Biden administration has taken some steps to try to help foreign health care workers get here more quickly. But some hospitals say they're still waiting on consular interviews to bring in nurses.