Naveen Bhora and Jessica Marks are presenting a free webinar on Visa Options for Physicians on Thursday, August 15th, 2013 at 12:30 (PT)/3:30 (ET).
Please follow the link to register.
This week the U.S. Senate, led by the so-called “gang of eight,” released the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act”that has won the cautious approval of the White House and of advocates seeking an overhaul of the broken immigration system and, principally, a roadmap to citizenship for the nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.The bill also incorporates many provisions advocated by the International Medical Graduate Taskforce to protect physicians who practice in medically underserved communities and physicians engaging in graduate medical education.The provisions include:
It is too early to celebrate. This bill still has a long road to travel before becoming law — it needs to clear the Senate Judiciary Committee, pass a full vote (60) in the Senate and be reconciled with a corresponding bill from the House of Representatives, which has yet to be introduced. Accordingly, we encourage all physicians to contact senators and house representatives to support these provisions.
The Other Immigration “Season:” Many State J-1 Waiver Programs Will Begin Accepting Applications on October 1
By: Sarah J. Baker, Esq.
Each year, much is made of the H-1B “season” when U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) begins accepting H-1B visa petitions on April 1 for an October 1 employment start date. However, there is another much less publicized, yet important, immigration season that also deserves special mention: the Conrad 30 J-1 waiver program season.
Following the federal fiscal year, on October 1 each year numerous state departments of health begin accepting applications filed on behalf of foreign medical graduates (FMGs) to waive the two-year foreign residence requirement of their J-1 visa status. All FMGs who come to the United States in J-1 status to pursue graduate medical education are subject to this obligation, which requires them to return to their home country for a minimum of two years before applying for certain non-immigrant visas or seeking permanent residence in the United States.
Pursuant to the J-1 waiver program, each fiscal year state health departments and agencies can recommend up to 30 J-1 waivers for foreign physicians who are going to practice medicine in designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), mental health HPSAs, Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs), or serve Medical Underserved Populations (MUPs) 40 hours per week for a minimum of three years.
Below are some initial practical hints for FMGs to consider when evaluating their Conrad 30 J-1 waiver program options:
Before preparing and filing a waiver application with a state health department or agency, applicants must obtain a case number from the U.S. Department of State. The case number application fee is $215.00.
For additional information and more practical tips on state Conrad 30 J-1 waiver programs, please view: “Practical Guide to Conrad Waivers: Thirty, … Two, One, Gone!”
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We have been informed of an alarming J-1 visa denial trend in India (especially at the US Consulate in Mumbai) for applicants who were previously in the US in B status for USMLE exams and residency interviews. ECFMG has been working on these cases and trying to get them reversed. It is possible that we will start to see similar denials at the US consulates in Pakistan. If you receive such a denial, please inform Irene Anthony at ECFMG – firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include:
Please also note that APPNA’s Advocacy & Legislative Affairs Committee and the Committee for Young Physicians (CYP) has been able to facilitate the J-1 & H-1 visa issues for several young physicians applying from Pakistan. Please feel free to contact the CYP committee at email@example.com