Physicians Immigration Guide

The Physicians Immigration Guide is for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) and Canadian physicians seeking temporary work visas, J waivers, H-1B visas and permanent residence in the United States.

Our law firm has helped over 2,000 international medical graduates (IMGs) and Canadian-trained physicians immigrate to the U.S. during the past two decades. We specialize in obtaining J visa waivers, H-1B status and permanent residence for physicians located across the U.S.

The numerous articles and links listed below demystify the J waiver procedure, the process of obtaining an appropriate offer of employment, how to determine whether your offer of employment is located within a medically underserved area, etc. We link to the government agencies that sponsor physicians for J waivers including almost all of the Conrad State 30 programs.


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  • Physician Immigration: A Step-by-Step Guide
    Attorney Shusterman discusses how International Medical Graduates (IMGs) can come to the U.S. for medical residencies and fellowships and explains how they can obtain J waivers, H-1B status, and green cards.


  • J Status for IMGs: The Consequences
    This video segment discusses the laws which subject IMGs and Canadian physicians who complete their medical residencies and fellowships in the U.S. as J exchange visitors to the two-year foreign residency requirement.


  • Physicians: J Waiver Requirements and O-1 Visas
    This segment explains how IMGS can obtain J waivers through (1) Interested Government Agencies, (2) Exceptional Hardship and (3) Persecution, and how physicians of Extraordinary Ability can obtain O-1 status.


  • Conrad 30 Waivers for Physicians
    This segment explains how IMGS and Canadian physicians can obtain waivers of the two-year home residency requirement by being sponsored under the Conrad State 30 program.



  • Physicians: Hardship and Persecution Waivers
    This segment explains how IMGs and Canadian physicians can obtain J waivers through by demonstrating exceptional hardship or persecution if they were forced to return to their home countries for two years.