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8 CFR Part 212
Administrative practice and procedures, Aliens, Immigration, Passports and visas, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.
8 CFR Part 245
Aliens, Immigration, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.
Accordingly, chapter I of title 8 of the Code of Federal Regulations is amended as follows:
PART 212--DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS: NONIMMIGRANTS; WAIVERS;
ADMISSION OF CERTAIN INADMISSIBLE ALIENS; PAROLE
1. The authority citation for part 212 continues to read as follows:
8 U.S.C. 1101, 1102, 1103, 1182, 1184, 1187, 1225, 1226, 1227, 1228, 1252; 8 CFR part 2.
2. Section 212.15 is added to read as follows:
§ 212.15 Certificates for foreign health care workers.
. With the exception of the aliens described in paragraph (b) of this section, any alien coming to the United States for the primary purpose of performing labor in a health care occupation listed in paragraph (c) of this section is inadmissible to the United States unless the alien presents a certificate as described in paragraph (f) of this section.
Inapplicability of the ground of inadmissibility
. The following aliens are not subject to this ground of inadmissibility:
(1) Aliens seeking admission to the United States to perform services in a non-clinical health care occupation. A non-clinical health-care occupation is one where the alien is not required to perform direct or indirect patient care. Occupations which are considered to be non-clinical include, but are not limited to, medical teachers, medical researchers, managers of health care facilities, and medical consultants to the insurance industry;
(2) The spouse and dependent children of any immigrant alien who is seeking to immigrate in order to accompany or follow to join the principal alien; and
(3) Any alien applying for adjustment of status to that of a permanent resident under any provision of law other than an alien who is seeking to immigrate on the basis of an employment-based immigrant visa petition which was filed for the purpose of obtaining the alien's services in a health care occupation described in paragraph (c) of this section.
Occupations affected by this provision
. With the exception of the aliens described in paragraph (b) of this section, any alien seeking admission to the United States to perform labor in one of the following health care occupations, regardless of where he or she received his or her education or training, is subject to this provision:
(1) Licensed Practical Nurses, Licensed Vocational Nurses, and Registered Nurses.
(2) Occupational Therapists.
Presentation of the certificate
. An alien described in
paragraph (a) of this section who is applying for admission as an immigrant seeking to perform labor in a health care occupation as described in this section must present a certificate to a consular officer at the time of visa issuance and to the Service at the time of admission or adjustment of status. The certificate must be valid at the time of visa issuance and admission at a port-of-entry, or, if applicable, at the time of adjustment of status.
Organizations approved by the Service to issue certificates for health care workers
. (1) The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools is authorized to issue certificates under section 343 for the occupation of nurse. (2) The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy is authorized by the Service to issue certificates under section 343 for the occupation of occupational therapist.
Contents of the certificate
. A certificate must contain the following information:
The name and address of the certifying organization;
A point of contact where the organization may be contacted in order to verify the validity of the certificate;
The date of the certificate was issued;
The occupation for which the certificate was issued;
The alien's name, and date and place of birth;
Verification that the alien's education, training, license, and experience are comparable with that required for an American health care worker of the same type;
Verification that the alien's education, training, license, and experience are authentic and, in the case of a license, unencumbered;
Verification that the alien's education, training, license, and experience meet all applicable statutory and regulatory requirements for admission into the United States as an immigrant under section 203(b) of the Act. This verification is not binding on the Service; and
Verification either that the alien has passed a test predicting success on the occupation's licensing or certification examination, provided such a test is recognized by a majority of States licensing the occupation for which the certificate is issued, or that the alien has passed the occupation's licensing or certification examination.
English testing requirement
. (1) With the exception of those aliens described in paragraph (g)(2) of this section, every alien must meet certain English language requirements in order to obtain a certificate. The Secretary of Health and Human Services has determined that an alien must have a passing score on one of the two tests listed in paragraph (g)(3) of this section before he
or she can be granted a certificate.
(2) Aliens exempt form the English language requirement. Aliens who have graduated from a college, university, or professional training school located in Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States are exempt from the English language requirement.
(3) Approved testing services.
(i) Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB).
(ii) Test of English as a Foreign Language, Educational Testing Service (ETS).
(4) Passing scores for various occupations. (i)
. An alien seeking to perform labor in the United States as an occupational therapist must obtain the following scores on the English tests administered by ETS: Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Paper-Based 560, Computer-Based 220; Test of Written English (TWE): 4.5; Test of Spoken English (TSE): 50. Certifying organizations shall not accept the results of the MELAB for the occupation of occupational therapists. Aliens seeking to obtain a certificate to work as an occupational therapist must t
ake the test offered by the ETS. MELAB scores are not acceptable for these occupations.
. An alien coming to the United States to perform labor as a registered nurse must obtain the following scores to obtain a certificate: ETS: TOEFL: Paper-Based 540, Computer-Based 207; TWE: 4.0; TSE: 50; MELAB: Final Score 79; Oral Interview: 3+.
Licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses
. An alien coming to the United States to perform labor as a licensed practical nurse or licensed vocational nurse must have the following scores to be issued a certificate: ETS: TOEFL: Paper-Based 530, Computer-Based 197; TWE: 4.0; TSE: 50; MELAB: Final Score 77; Oral Interview: 3+.
PART 245--ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS TO THAT OF PERSON ADMITTED FOR
3. The authority citation for part 245 continues to read as follows:
8 U.S.C. 1101, 1103, 1182, 1255; 8 CFR part 2.
4. Section 245.14 is added to read as follows:
§ 245.14. Adjustment of status of certain health care workers.
An alien applying for adjustment of status to perform labor in a health care occupation as described in 8 CFR 212.15(c) must present evidence at the time he or she applies for adjustment of status, and, if applicable, at the time of the interview on the application, that he or she has a valid certificate issued by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools or the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy.
October 6, 1998
Commissioner,Immigration and Naturalization Service.