On Thursday, Microsoft executives unveiled a proposal to create an additional 20,000 H-1B visa slots for scientists, engineers and technologists in the U.S. immigration system. The Seattle Times opinion article discussing the proposal is here.
Executives and recruiters in the healthcare profession recognize the H-1B visa as acceptable alternative to the J-1 Visa and Conrad State 30 Visa Waiver program in certain circumstances. If and when Mircorosft’s proposal is taken seriously in Washington, an extra 20,000 H-1B slots for the entire nation will be a quickly sought-after commodity. Major firms will get their share — the Microsofts, Boeings and General Electrics of the country — but hospitals and universities will have an equal opportunity for these slots if they are prepared.
For communities that have across-the-board needs for physicians, there’s no reason they cannot apply for a primary care physician through the Conrad 30 program and an in-demand specialist through the H-1B process.
We’ll be keeping a watch on this proposal to see where it goes and how and when healthcare may benefit.