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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The Physicians Immigration Guide is divided into the following subtopics:
- General Information
- Success Stories
- Physician Video Seminars
- Medical Residencies & Fellowships
- Reports & Articles Regarding Physician Shortage
- IMG Organizations
- Medically-Underserved Areas
- National Interest Waivers
- J-1 Waivers
- M.D. Employment Opportunities
- Immigration Guidelines for Foreign-Born Physicians
- Physician Immigration FAQ
- Physicians and Immigration FAQ
- 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)
PHYSICIAN VIDEO SEMINARS
- 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: Federal Interested Government Agency (IGA) Waivers
This segment explains how IMGs and Canadian physicians can obtain J waivers through Federal Agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services, the Veterans Administration, and the Delta Regional Authority.
- 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.
- Physicians: Permanent Residence Using PERM and/or NIWs
This segment explains how IMGs and Canadian physicians can obtain permanent residence in the U.S. through family-based immigration, the green lottery, investment and a variety of other means.
- Physicians: Permanent Residence Other Than Through Employment
This segment explains how IMGs and Canadian physicians can obtain permanent residence in the U.S. using PERM or National Interest Waivers.
- Federation of State Medical Boards
- United States Medical License Examination
- National Board Of Medical Examiners
MEDICAL RESIDENCIES & FELLOWSHIPS
- Reporting Step 2 Clinical Skills Results (2-26-13)
- 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
REPORTS & ARTICLES REGARDING PHYSICIAN SHORTAGE
- Immigration Restrictions and America’s Growing Healthcare Needs (November 2012)
- Doctor Shortage Likely to Worsen With Health Law (7-28-12)
- When the Doctor Doesn’t Look Like You (8-13-10)
- Medical Schools Can’t Keep Up (4-12-10)
- Doctor Shortage Looms as Primary Care Loses its Pull (8-18-09)
- No Relief: Shortage Keeps Older Docs on the Job (6-24-09)
- Shortage of General Surgeons Endangers Rural Americans (1-1-09)
- Weighing the Evidence for Expanding Physician Supply (11-2-04)
- Immigration: Foreign Physicians and the J-1 Waiver Program (6-17-04)
- A Coming Shortage Of Foreign-Trained Doctors?
- The Shrinking Pool Of International Medical Graduates
- “Physicians: What Glut?” – by Senator Kent Conrad