Physicians with MBBS degrees are M.D.s!

In the past year, some officers at the Texas Service Center (TSC) had been denying EB-2 / I-140 petitions based upon labor certification, finding that an MBBS degree is not equivalent to an M.D. in the U.S. In an appeal decision by the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), the AAO reversed a TSC denial and found that an MBBS obtained after five years of study, such as those awarded in India, is equivalent to a M.D. in the U.S. Although our law firm has never experienced a denial of an I-140 on this basis, we greatly appreciate this decision which should bar the TSC from questionning whether our physician clients are M.D.s!

-By Ann Massey Badmus

Published by Ann Massey Badmus

Ann Badmus helps foreign national medical providers and their employers successfully cut through immigration red tape for fast and timely employment. Through her unique Immigration Prescription Program, she skillfully solves even the most complex immigration problems. Her comprehensive and clear advice has helped thousands of providers, employers, and recruiters avoid immigration delays, saving time and expense and providing a stress-free experience for all. Ann is frequently invited to speak about immigration issues before various organizations, including medical associations such as the American Academy of Neurology. She has also published numerous immigration articles and has authored a well-received book, The Immigration Prescription: The Practical Guide to Immigration for Foreign Born Physicians.

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