Canada column for Sunday, March 19/17
THE CANADIAN REPORT
(c) By Jim Fox
Making America’s hospitals great again with Canadian nurses has hit a roadblock due to changes in U.S. immigration policies.
Some of the 400 Canadian nurses who work at the five Metro Detroit hospitals in the Henry Ford Health System have been turned back at the Canada-U.S. border.
There are hundreds of other Canadian nurses in Detroit’s health care systems that could also be affected.
The rejected workers said they were told at the border that advanced practise nurses and nurse anesthetists no longer qualify for working non-immigrant TN visas because of policy changes under U.S. President Donald Trump.
Although U.S. Customs and Border Protection said there have not been any policy changes that’s not what the nurses and hospital officials say.
It’s estimated that up to 40,000 Canadians work in the U.S. with TN visas that haven’t been challenged before.
An option suggested to them was to apply for specialized H-1B visas that cost about $4,000 and take about six months to obtain.
Lawyers for U.S. hospitals say they’ve started hearing about similar border rejections of nurses from across the country.