ORLANDO, Fla. (July 12, 2019) — U.S. Senator Rand Paul introduced the Backlog Elimination, Legal Immigration, and Employment Visa Enhancement (BELIEVE) Act on July 11, 2019. The act will modernize aspects of our legal, merit-based immigration system and fully eliminate the “green card backlog” within a matter of years.

Dr. Paul’s legislation would address the problem of a “green card backlog” and help U.S. employers bring more high-skilled workers to the U.S. for shortage occupations as defined in Schedule A. Additionally, it will ensure available visas for other industries that utilize the various Employment Based programs without negatively impacting the provision of rural health care.

“Senator Paul’s ‘BELIEVE’ Act touches on so many important issues for legal employment-based immigration,” said Shari Dingle Costantini, President of American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment (AAIHR). “Clearly, he has taken into consideration patient care needs, especially in rural areas where many foreign-educated nurses and physicians make a huge impact every day.”

Foreign-educated health care professionals come here legally, most commonly the Employment Based, 3rd Preference (EB3) visa category, to help reduce chronic worker shortages and accept positions in geographic locations and clinical settings that are often more difficult to fill with U.S. workers.

Merit-based immigration to the U.S. plays a critical role in the American economy, particularly in the healthcare and technology sectors. However, many high-skilled immigrants – including physicians, health care workers, and professionals in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields – currently face a decades-long wait for a green card. The BELIEVE Act provides a modern immigration approach that increases high-skilled workers in these areas so important to the U.S. economy and quality of life.

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The American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment (AAIHR) advocates for the industry and promotes the positive impact of foreign-educated healthcare professionals in the US. It ensures that its members adhere to ethical, socially responsible, and professional practices for international recruitment. AAIHR member organizations include staffing companies, attorneys, and healthcare organizations.