The U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a ruling on July 25, 2003 entitled Certificates for Certain Health Care Workers, mandating that certain foreign health care workers seeking temporary admission to the U.S., observe new certification requirements beginning July of 2004.
These requirements will also apply to the Trade NAFTA (TN) visa available to Canadian and Mexican nationalists under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). However, recently USCIS extended the deadline for Canadian and Mexican TN (NAFTA professional) health care workers who were employed before September 23, 2003 and who held a valid licence from a U.S. jurisdiction before September 23, 2003. The deadline to meet the new certification requirements is now July 26, 2005.
For more information, please visit U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services.