Our clients have always found it odd that a profession as important as nursing cannot qualify for an H-1B visa. H-1B visas are issued to specialty occupations, and indeed nursing is a specialized field. However, the legal definition of "Specialty Occupation" according to the Federal Regulations is a job position that requires the minimum of a 4 year bachelors degree. Educational requirements for registered nurses according to the U.S. Department of Labor Standards is a 2 year degree or diploma. And historically, this has caused the problem.
Good News for U.S. Military spouses! A new Federal Regulation, called Parole in Place ("PIP"), now allows undocumented spouses to adjust status to a U.S. Legal Permanent Resident without leaving the United States. Previously, if a foreign national entered the U.S. without inspection ("EWI"), they were automatically barred from any U.S. Immigration benefit for up to 10 years.