Physicians Immigration Guide
Our 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.
This section of our site also offers practical advice on physician immigration issues that may be of use to physician recruiting professionals, hospital human resource directors, and others interested in employing international medical graduates and Canadian physicians.
Physicians may obtain waivers of the two-year home residency requirement under the Conrad 30 program, through a Federal Interested Government Agency (IGA) or through a hardship or persecution waiver.
Typically, physicians obtain either a Conrad or a Federal IGA waiver, work for a minimum of 3 years in a medically-underserved area in H-1B status, and obtain permanent residence (aka “green card”) through PERM, a National Interest Waiver or sometimes through marriage to a U.S. citizen.
Our law firm has helped thousands of IMGs and Canadian physicians across the country immigrate to the US during the past 30 years. We specialize in obtaining J visa waivers, H-1B status and permanent residence for physicians.
We hope that the numerous articles, links and videos contained in our Physicians Immigration Guide help demystify the J waiver procedure, how to determine whether your offer of employment is located within a medically underserved area, how to qualify for a National Interest Waiver, etc. We link to the various government agencies that sponsor physicians for J waivers including almost all of the Conrad State 30 programs.
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Our Physicians Immigration Guide is divided into the following subtopics:
- General Information
- Success Stories
- Medical Residencies & Fellowships
- Physician Immigration Videos
Related Pages – Physicians Immigration Guide:
- IMG Organizations
- Medically-Underserved Areas
- National Interest Waivers
- J-1 Waivers
- M.D. Employment Opportunities
- Physician Shortage
GENERAL INFORMATION – Physicians Immigration Guide
- Immigration Guidelines for Foreign-Born Physicians
- Physician Immigration FAQ
- Physicians and Immigration FAQ
- The H-1B Cap and International Physicians, What it Means for Physician Recruiting Professionals (4-14-14)
- Immigration Bills Lowers Hurdles for Foreign-Born Docs – Healthleaders (6-10-13)
- The Conrad 30 and Physicians Access Act (S.616) (3-19-13)
- “The Conrad State 30 Improvement Act” to Provide Incentives for Physicians to Practice in Rural/Medically Underserved Areas (S.1979) (12-13-11)
- Physicians and Immigration FAQ – NEJM Career Center (9-14-11)
- International Medical Graduates Key to Solving the Physician Shortage by Carl Shusterman (10-08-09)
- Revisions to Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) Regarding Certain Alien Physicians (6-17-09)
- A Legal Primer for International Medical Graduates and their Employers – ACP Hospitalist (October 2008)
- Carl Shusterman’s Testimony Before the Senate Advocating an Expansion of the Conrad Program For Physicians (5-22-01)
- Physicians: Test Your Immigration IQ
- Helping a Physician Achieve Permanent Residence (April 2010)
- A Hardship Waiver for a Physician (April 2006)
- Repairing a Broken Immigration Case (March 2006)
- Physician/Researcher: “Who is Extraordinary?” (February 2005)
- Physician: Exceptional Hardship – Mexican Immigrant: Alternate Chargeability (October 2004)
- Federation of State Medical Boards
- United States Medical License Examination
- National Board Of Medical Examiners
MEDICAL RESIDENCIES & FELLOWSHIPS
- Medical Residency Program Requirements (AMA)
- Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
- Association of American Medical Colleges
- Applying for a Medical Residency in the U.S.
- Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates
- Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
- Frieda Online: Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database
- MD Link – Residency Application Links
- National Resident Matching Program