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National Interest Waivers for Physicians

National Interest Waivers for Physicians allow IMGs and Canadian-trained doctors to obtain permanent residence if they practice in a medically-underserved area or for the Veterans Administration for five years. They can either self-petition or be sponsored by their employer.

In 2000, the INS issued very restrictive regulations which did not comport with the law. Our law firm sued the INS to invalidate these regulations and won. Now, all physicians may be apply for NIWs, not just primary care physicians. The five years start wherever the physician starts to practice in the underserved area (although not while in J status), not just after the I-140 is approved.

National Interest Waivers for Physicians

Our law firm has obtained over 1,000 National Interest Waivers for Physicians as a result of our victory over the USCIS/INS in Schneider v. Chertoff. See below.

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