H-1B Facts for Foreign Physicians Part 2: Properly Filing an H-1B Petition

As noted in our previous article, USCIS continues to accept H-1B petitions that are not subject to annual numerical limitations, (e.g. H-1B amended petitions, H-1B extensions for individuals who have already been counted against the cap within the last six…

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H-1B Facts for Foreign Physicians Part 1: Numerical Limitations and “Cap Exemptions”

In 1990, Congress first imposed a 65,000 numerical limitation (“cap”) on the number of new H-1B professional worker visas issued on annual basis. Between 1990 and 2003 the annual cap was revised. It was raised to 115,000 for two years…

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E-2 Treaty Investor Visa

The E-2 Treaty Investor Visa allows a national of a treaty country (a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation) to be admitted to the United States when investing a substantial amount of capital…

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O-1 Extraordinary Ability Visa

The O-1 Extraordinary Ability Visa is a special class of visa established by U.S. immigration law for persons who have an extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics. Accomplished foreign physicians can use this visa program to…

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J-1 Physicians Part 6: Losing The IGA Waiver, And Alternatives To Waivers

Losing the IGA Waiver If you are a foreign physician and you do not comply with the requirements of an IGA waiver, you will become subject to the two-year foreign residency requirement. To avoid this, you must prove to the…

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J-1 Physicians Part 5: How Waivers Work, How Much They Cost, Your Obligations

How Waivers Work J-1 waivers by themselves do not allow foreign physicians to live and work in the United States.  They simply allow you to apply for a temporary work visa or permanent resident status without first returning to your…

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J-1 Physicians Part 4: The IGA Waiver – DRA And Conrad 30 Waivers

Delta Regional Authority Waiver The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is a federal-state partnership serving a 240-county/parish area in an eight-state region. Led by a Federal Co-Chairman and the governors of each participating state, the DRA is designed to remedy severe…

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J-1 Physicians Part 3: The IGA Waiver – HHS Waiver

The HHS Waiver The HHS waiver was previously restricted to researchers; however, in June 2003, the HHS began to sponsor clinical practitioners as well.  We will discuss both waiver tracks here. HHS Research Waiver This waiver is difficult to obtain…

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J-1 Physicians Part 2: The Interested Government Agency (IGA) Waiver – ARC and VA Waivers

The third and most common J-1 waiver is the Interested Government Agency (IGA) waiver.  If a government agency requests a waiver of the foreign residency requirement for you, then it is almost always granted.  Currently, there are five IGAs who…

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J-1 Physicians Part 1: The Hardship Waiver And Persecution Waiver

As discussed in one of our recent articles, Immigration For Medical Professionals: Attending Medical School In the U.S., foreign physicians who wish to practice medicine in the U.S. can enter under a J-1 visa. One of the main requirements of…

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