PLAN “C”: ELIGIBILITY AND BENEFITS
Plan “C” is not a grant of Legal Permanent Residence (LPR) status, no Green Cards, and does not provide a path for citizenship. It is like an “expanded” DACA program. Participants are granted status as PAROLEES, meaning: permission to stay and work in the U.S. and travel out and back in, and apply for Adjustment of Status (Green Card) if they have a sponsor to petition for them (a close family relative or a qualified U.S. employer.)
The grant of PAROLEE status is temporary, for two periods of 5 years each (which will probably be extended forever).
ELIGIBLE would be those who entered the U.S. before January 1, 2011 (eleven years ago) and stayed since then.
NOT Green Cards, NOT American citizenship – but I believe that this is good enough for millions who would enjoy these benefits. IF-IF-IF it finally becomes law.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the shortage in NURSES is so bad that available nurses are now getting a yearly salary of more than $81,000 or $1,600 per week.
And it has to be remembered that for many nurses a work-week is 3 or 4 days of long shifts. With OVERTIME and other bonuses the annual income of a registered nurse (RN), could be well over $100,000.
It means that for a foreign NURSE the effort to get a Green Card is worth it. And if the nurse has difficulty in passing the required EXAMS, it is possible to get a Green Card through an offer of a position that does not include PATIENT CARE and does not require a LICENSE. Such an offer does require a LABOR CERTIFICATION through the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), but so what?
Another occupation that developed a great shortage is TRUCK DRIVERS. This is not easy work, especially long-haul trucking (driving big rigs for hundreds of miles), but it provides good income