Physicians Immigration Guide





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Physicians Immigration Guide by former INS Attorney Carl Shusterman (1976-82). Schedule a legal consultation (by Skype, telephone or in person) at http://shusterman.com/schedule-immigr...

He discusses the visa options for foreign-trained doctors who wish to practice medicine in the US. The 2 most common options are:

1) J Visas - Once an IMG has passed USMLE, Parts I and II, and matches with a medical residency program, he obtains a DS-2019 form from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and either changes his status to J-1 in the US or goes abroad to get a J-1 visa. This subjects him to the 2-year home residency requirement.

2) H-1B Visa - Physicians who have passed all 3 parts of the USMLE and have matched with an employer who agrees to sponsor them for an H-1B visa may do so to avoid having to apply for a J waiver down the road. Most residency programs are "cap-exempt" so the physician does not have to worry about the numerical caps on H-1B petitions.

These days, over 80% of IMGs and Canadian physicians use J visas to do their medical residencies and fellowships. This is because many training programs do not sponsor physicians for H-1B visas. Also, since H-1B residents/fellows are limited to 6 years of training, getting a J visa is often a more practical alternative.

Our law firm has helped thousands of International Medical Graduates (IMGs) obtain J and H-1B visas as well as J waivers and permanent residence in the US over the past 30 years.

See our Physicians Immigration Guide at http://shusterman.com/physiciansusimm...

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