PHILIPPINES: At least 100,000 Filipino healthcare staff have pending work visas for the US, amid extremely high demand for nurses and doctors there.
Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Romualdez said that around 150,000 to 200,000 Filipino healthcare professionals are already working in the US, but the Covid-19 pandemic is creating even further demand. “There are quite a number of pending visas for nurses from the Philippines that I think are being considered now very seriously that they’d like to bring them over. These are nurses that have already been approved [of] moving to the US as health workers,” he said.
“In all my discussions with the U.S. government people, we inevitably always talk about the nurses, most especially, the kind of people that we have here working in the hospitals. There’s so much appreciation, the demand is very high for Filipino nurses and doctors actually,” he added.
According to Romualdez, the Covid-19 infection rate in the US is “quite high,” with only about 62% of the population vaccinated as of the end of last year.