If STEM workers get faster visas, what about nurses?


A late March survey reports that large majority of Americans say that we should admit more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering Math) specialists in the country into the country. About 65% in favor, 25% opposed, 10% undecided.

The White House is considering a special pathway for Russian, and perhaps, Chinese STEM specialists to obtain permanent residency.

Two questions: First, how sure are we about the long term supply shortage of STEM specialists? (Go here.)

Second, can the same argument for more favorable visa policy also be applied to nurses, whose average wage went up by 9% in the past year (to $87K) , and about which there has been a practice for many years to recruit from other countries (Go here and here.)







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