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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.

We also offer practical advice on physician immigration issues that may be of use to physician recruiters, hospital human resource directors and employers of international medical graduates and Canadian physicians.

Physicians who did their medical residencies or fellowship in J exchange visitor status may obtain a waiver of the 2-year home residency requirement under the Conrad 30 program, through a Federal Interested Government Agency (IGA) or through a hardship or persecution waiver.

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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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