President Donald Trump’s decision to ban work visas is leading to a shortage of medical staff across hospitals all over the United States of America while the Coronavirus outbreak continues to be spread.
Trump’s decision to stop the issuance of work visas, on June 22, has stopped a large share of international doctors from helping US patients get out of the Coronavirus crisis, VisaGuide.World reports.
The changes applied to immigration rules included H1-B visas for highly-skilled workers which most of the time is used by doctors that get a residency at a US medical facility. However, most J-1 visa holders are not included in the ban.
H-1B visa holders usually have higher qualifications and practice in the field of medicine.
An investigation by ProPublica’s led several consulates to restart approvals for medical visas, but another problem is the lag time in approvals.
A couple of weeks delay before the medical staff arrival from abroad could cause serious problems. While third-year residents move on, significant gaps are being opened at hospitals. The shortage of medical staff has raised concerns about how could the US deal if a second wave of the Coronavirus hits the US.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, in 2017, there were nearly 2,500 medical residents under the H1-B visa program. Under the Trump administration, the number is thought to have marked a decrease.
In April, VisaGuide.World reported that more than 10,000 doctors trained in the US have not been permitted to help hospitalized patients, infected by the novel Coronavirus due to visa restrictions, even though the US was in a public health emergency.
While the US had the most significant number of infections, considered the new epicentre of the disease, more than one-quarter of international physicians in the US were unable to help America during the COVID-19 outbreak because for them it is illegal to work in America due to visa issues.