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H-1C Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


Can any medical facility file an H1-C petition?

No, petitioners are limited to hospitals only.


What is an attestation?

The attestation pertains to the hospital's qualifications to employ H1-C nurses and attests to eight elements. These elements require the prospective employer to among other things, pay no less than the prevailing wage to all RNs, and notify all RNs at the facility of its intent to petition for H1-C nurses; take steps to recruit train and retain U.S. RNs and not lay off any U.S RNs while petitioning for H1-C nurses.

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How can I find out if the hospital is in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA)?

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is responsible for designating hospitals in a health professional shortage area. These areas are mostly understaffed hospitals serving mostly poor patients in inner-cites and in some rural areas. To date 14 hospitals have been identified as meeting the criteria for the program.


Which countries were designated by CGFNS?

CGFNS, with the authority conferred on it by Public Law (P.L.106-95), designated the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the U.S.

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