Immigration Attorney Carl Shusterman (Former INS Attorney 1976-82) explains how International Medical Graduates (IMGs) and Canadian physicians can obtain permanent residence in the US through family-based immigration, the green lottery, investment and a variety of other means.
Most IMGs who are not married to US citizens are sponsored by their employers. They get their green cards through the PERM process. However, if the physicians works in a medically-underserved area for 5 years, they can qualify for a green card through a National Interest Waiver (NIW). The employer can submit the NIW petition for the IMG or the physician can self-sponsor.
Our law firm has assisted over 3,000 IMGs and Canadian physicians in obtaining J waivers and green cards. Further information is available on our PERM Resources page and our National Interest Waivers for Physicians page. Our law firm won the landmark lawsuit, Schneider v. Chertoff which easied the process of obtaining green cards through national interest waivers for physicians.
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“I work with Merritt Hawkins, the largest physician search firm in the United States. For over 20 years, we have partnered with The Law Offices of Carl Shusterman, which assists us in obtaining visas for the many international physicians we recruit. Mr. Shusterman and his staff have been an indispensable resource of expertise, allowing us to recruit international doctors in the most efficient manner possible on behalf of our clients.”
- Phil Miller, Merritt Hawkins, Dallas, Texas
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