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PHYSICIANS applying for U.S. visas, and U.S. Permanent Residency (green cards), have special requirements and issues that must be addressed, which apply exclusively to physicians. This site is dedicated to addressing the special needs of physicians in U.S. Immigration matters.

"FMG Friendly" Employers

As a physician searching for a prospective U.S. employer to sponsor you for an H-1B, you should understand that there are "FMG Friendly" employers, and "FMG Unfriendly" employers. The "unfriendly" type may have simply decided not to sponsor foreign physicians for the necessary visa for various reasons. Contacting them can be a waste of time and energy, or may at least require you to convince them to start sponsoring FMG physicians. Therefore, in order to help foreign physicians and "FMG Friendly" Employers, Antao & Chuang, Attorneys at Law has compiled a database from government sources which identifies those U.S. employers who have filed for H-1B visas for foreign medical graduates in the past (or at least started the process by filing for the LCA). The data includes the name of the employer, job title, begin and end date for the employment, the wage rate, etc. Antao & Chuang, Attorneys at Law, is happy to make this data available to you for free. Please tell your colleagues about this valuable resource.

 


Certain Physicians, applying for a Green Card, are EXEMPT from USMLE testing requirements

It is important that physicians who are considering applying for a green card remember that there are certain circumstances under which they may not have to first pass USMLE. There are certain exempt categories. For example, if a physician qualifies as an alien of extraordinary ability or as an outstanding professor or researcher, passage of the USMLE exam is not necessary. Of course, whether the USCIS requires that the physician have passed USMLE is a separate requirement from the requirements imposed by State licensing authorities.

Second, the USMLE requirement only applies if the physician will be involved in patient care. "Researchers, teachers, etc. are not subject to this requirement." Third, the USMLE requirement does not apply if the physician was fully and permanently licensed to practice medicine in a State of the U.S. on January 9, 1978, and was practicing medicine in a State of the U.S. on that date.

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PHYSICIANS applying for U.S. visas, and U.S. Permanent Residency (green cards), have special requirements and issues that must be addressed, which apply exclusively to physicians. This section is dedicated to addressing the special needs of physicians in U.S. Immigration matters.

USCIS Announces Processing Changes for Waivers of 2 Year Home Residency Requirement

On 12/19/2006, the USCIS announced Processing Changes for Waivers of 2 Year Home Residency Requirement (which applies to certain individuals who held J exchange visitor status in the U.S.).  First, as of 11/1/2006, the USCIS "Nebraska, Texas and Vermont Service Centers began forwarding to the California Service Center any new filings of Form I-612, Application of Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement of Section 212(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended, that are based on claims of exceptional hardship or persecution."  Second, "effective October 10, 2006, all INA 212(e) waiver recommendations received by USCIS from the Department of State (DOS) based on a “no objection” statement from the individual’s home country, a request by an interested United States government agency, or a request by a State Department of Health (State Conrad 30) are being forwarded to the Vermont Service Center (VSC) for processing."

About Antao & Chuang

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Since 1991, Antao & Chuang, Attorneys at Law, has served clients located throughout the U.S. and the world in U.S. immigration matters (including H-1B, J waivers, L, E, O, P visa cases, green card cases, and other immigration matters). We represent individuals and companies (from small companies to major multi-national corporations).

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If you retain our firm for your visa case, we will advise you on key legal issues, identify the necessary information for your case, prepare the necessary documents, file the case, enter our representation before the relevant U.S. government agencies or U.S. Consulate/Embassy as your attorneys, and communicate with the U.S. government agencies or U.S. Consulate/Embassy as your attorneys, as necessary. If you retain our firm for a consultation, we can advise you on specific legal issues or provide you with guidance regarding key decisions, as well as a summary of your available options.

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Search for H1B Visa Employers

You can search for "H1B Visa Employers" using this database, which was compiled by Antao & Chuang, Attorneys at Law from government sources. This database identifies those U.S. employers who have filed for H-1B visas in the past, or who have at least started the process by filing for the LCA. If you find an employer you are interested in, you can then contact them to inquire as to whether they have any current job openings in your field. Please tell your friends about this valuable resource.

Use this form to search for H1B Visa employers.

"FMG Friendly" Employers

Foreign Medical Graduates ("FMGs") should be aware that there are "FMG Friendly" employers, and "FMG Unfriendly" employers. This database (compiled by Antao & Chuang, Attorneys at Law from government sources) identifies those U.S. employers who have filed for H-1B visas for foreign medical graduates in the past (or at least started the process by filing for the LCA), and who can therefore be deemed "FMG Friendly". Please tell your colleagues about this valuable resource.

Use this form to search for "FMG Friendly" employers in a given state.

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