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SHM advocacy on immigration issues

SHM has been advocating for more equitable skilled-immigration system, recognizing that from visa-backlogs to per-country caps, unfair visa restrictions have limited the United States’ ability to adequately expand its health care workforce.

The Society has consistently advocated on Capitol Hill for visa and skilled-immigration reform and has championed several significant immigration bills, including the following:

The Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act

  • This legislation will eliminate per-country caps on green cards and convert the system into a “first-come, first-serve” system. This will help ensure certain nationalize are not disproportionally impacted by excessive green card backlogs.
  • This legislation has passed the House of Representatives. Send a message to your Senator asking them to cosponsor this legislation.

The Conrad State 30 Physician Reauthorization Act

  • This legislation will renew the Conrad State 30 program, which allows physicians on a J-1 visa to remain in the United States if they work in an underserved region for a minimum of three years. This legislation also included additional employment protection claims.

The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act

  • This legislation will recapture 40,000 unused immigrant visas for foreign doctors (15,000) and nurses (25,000), as well as provide visas for their spouse and children.
  • This legislation will only be in effect for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

To join SHM in supporting our immigrant clinicians, you can send a message to your representatives in support of these bills by visiting


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