G'day all, I am a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care and have been a registered nurse for 24 years. I have moved to this country from Australia because my partner of 11 years wanted to come back "home". I have been trying to get my "green card" for the last 7 years and unfortunately the government keeps changing the retrogression dates and I keep facing delay after delay. I am currently looking for a hospital or health service to sponsor my employment under the E3 visa that is specifically for Aussies seeking employment in the US. I have read some of the general postings and the "foreign nurse" postings in particular. Some of the comments seem to be based on ignorance, fear and prejudice and some are supportive. I have left my country to be with the one I have made a lifetime commitment to. I only want to be able to contribute to my adopted community as I have back in Australia. I have a skill that I am proud of and want to share my knowledge and experiences with others. I just don't understand why it is so hard to be able to do this. I understand the economic downturn is having its effect on many health services "bottom line", but when I see jobs that have been posted since June not being filled I am wondering what is going on. Is there someone out ther who may be able to throw some light onto the subject.