H.R. 1933: To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to modify the requirements for admission of nonimmigrant nurses in health professional shortage areas

H.R. 1933

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to modify the requirements for admission of nonimmigrant nurses in health professional shortage areas

Date
August 2, 2011 (112th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

On Monday, August 1, 2011, the House is scheduled consider H.R. 1933 under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage.  The resolution was introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) on May 23, 2011, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. 

Bill Summary

H.R. 1933 would reauthorize the H-1C nonimmigrant visa program for nurses for three additional years and would make a number of modifications to the H-1C program.  With regard to the admission of nonimmigrant nurses in health professional shortage areas, the bill would permit a one-time, three-year extension of admission, and reduce the maximum number of such visas per fiscal year to 300.  H.R. 1933 would also allow H-1C nurses to be able to switch employment between any of the H-1C-eligible hospitals.

Cost

According to the Congressional Budget Office, implementing H.R. 1933 would result in no significant cost to the federal government.  Enacting the bill could affect direct spending; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply.  However, CBO estimates that any such effects would be insignificant for each year.  H.R. 1933 would not affect revenues.