Immigration And Nationality Act Of 1965

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Graduating at 20 years old, Jaybelle searched for petitioners in the United States to notice her potential as a hard-working, competent health professional. By 1993, she found a petitioner in the area around Palms Springs, California. The petitioner screened her while she was in the Philippines to check her qualifications. When she was accepted through the petitioning system, she received an H-1B to work in a nursing home. “I came here on May 6th, 1994 with five other people. I only had one suitcase and $200 in my pocket. It was hard leaving my family back in the Philippines,” Jaybelle recounts. After working in the nursing home for a few months, she took her board exams and passed, thus establishing her permanent residence in the United States. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 “eliminated the various nationality criteria” while substituting it with “a system based primarily on family reunification and needed skills” (Center for Immigration Studies), which is how Jaybelle received an H-1B visa under the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. Programs sought after foreign nurses to fill in labor shortages in America. For example, Jaybelle found a petitioner in charge of an isolated nursing home in a hot, arid location. Because American nurses already have the accessibility to other nursing homes and hospitals in America, they can search for better opportunities. Filipino nurses are only limited to jobs available through visas, thus greatly reducing their job…
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