S.1979 - Conrad State 30 Improvement Act112th Congress (2011-2012)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Conrad, Kent [D-ND] (Introduced 12/12/2011)|
|Committees:||Senate - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||12/12/2011 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.|
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Summary: S.1979 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (12/12/2011)
Conrad State 30 Improvement Act - Amends the Immigration and Nationality Technical Corrections Act of 1994 to make the J-1 visa waiver (Conrad state 30/medical services in underserved areas) program permanent.
Includes in the priority worker preference allocation for employment-based immigrants alien physicians who have completed service requirements of a state waiver or exemption, plus an additional two years at the waiver-identified location or in a health care shortage area (including alien physicians who completed such service prior to enactment of this Act).
Exempts H-1B nonimmigrant aliens seeking to enter the United States to pursue graduate medical education or training from specified entry limitations (including permitting extension of the six-year authorized period of admission under specified circumstances).
Increases the number of alien physicians that a state may be allocated from 30 to 35 per fiscal year under specified circumstances.
Permits an alien physician, after fulfilling a three-year service period with a health care employer, to apply for employment with a new health care employer in a health care shortage area.