Here is an announcement from the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT):
FCCPT Suspends Type II Visa Screen Process Effective September 1, 2009
USCIS requires that educational equivalence to US standards be determined in order to issue a Healthcare Worker Certificate for an H1B Visa. The Type II Visa Screen was initially developed to streamline the process for applicants already working in the US as licensed PTs who met the criteria for exemption from some of the requirements. In those cases, an educational equivalency review was not required.
The FCCPT has determined that the original purpose of the Type II Visa Screen has been achieved. The Type I process is now completed on average within three weeks; thus there is not longer a need for streamlining the process. In addition, the Type I process includes a comprehensive educational credentials review, which USCIS field offices require as part of the documentation for an H1B Visa. Therefore, the FCCPT will suspend accepting Type II Visa Screen applications on September 1, 2009.