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Carlo Franco L. Borja is a licensed attorney in California and is authorized to represent clients in immigration matters nationwide. Based in Southern California, the immigration law firm serves clients mainly in Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Bernardino County and Riverside County including, but not limited to: Agoura Hills, Alhambra, Arcadia, Artesia, Avalon, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Calabasas, Carson, Cerritos, Claremont, Commerce, Culver City, Diamond Bar, Downey, Duarte, Eagle Rock, El Monte, El Segundo, Gardena, Glendale, Glendora, Hawaiian Gardens, Hawthorne, Huntington Park, Industry, Inglewood, Irwindale, La Habra, La Mirada, La Puente, La Verne, Lakewood, Lancaster, Lawndale, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Lynwood, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Monrovia, Montebello, Monterey Park, Norwalk, Palmdale, Palos Verdes, Paramount, Pasadena, Pico Rivera, Pomona, Redondo Beach, Rosemead, San Dimas, San Fernando, San Gabriel, San Marino, Santa Clarita, Santa Fe Springs, Santa Monica, Temple City, Torrance, Vernon, Walnut, West Covina, Hollywood, Westlake Village, Whittier, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, La Palma, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Santa Ana, Stanton, Tustin, Westminster, Adelanto, Chino, Chino Hills, Colton, Fontana, Hesperia, Highland, Loma Linda, Montclair, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto, San Bernardino, Upland, Victorville, Corona, Eastvale, Hemet, Indio, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Moreno Valley. Murrieta, Norco, Perris, Palm Springs, Riverside, Temecula and surrounding areas. Filipino Immigration lawyer representing clients in all US states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming. 
Nurses and Physical Therapists have been designated by the Department of Labor as Schedule A occupations which means that they need not go through the PERM labor certification process with the Department of Labor in order to obtain an employment-based green card.

The main requirements for a nurse to qualify for a Schedule A immigrant petition are:
  • Possession of a full and unrestricted license to practice professional nursing in the state of intended employment, evidence of passing the NCLEX-RN licensing examination, or proof of passing the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) examination
  • Completion of a nursing program or foreign equivalent
The main requirements for a physical therapist are:
  • Proof that the alien possesses all the qualifications necessary to take the physical therapist licensing association such as a letter from a stating licensing agency stating that the application is qualified to take the state licensing examination or possession of a license to practice in the state of intended employment
  • Completion of a degree in physical therapy or foreign equivalent. Note that a growing majority of programs in the United States offer a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Degree. 

In addition to the requirements above, nurses and physical therapists are required under INA 212(a)(5)(C) to present a foreign health care worker certification or “Visascreen” prior to being issued a green card.
The Law Office of Carlo Borja has extensive experience in preparing Schedule A petitions for nurses and physical therapists so feel free to contact our office for assistance in this process.
Schedule A Nurses and Physical Therapists