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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Arizona Immigration Law Part 2: Documents Foreign Nationals Should Carry While Traveling

In our previous article we discussed the Supreme Court’s recent ruling upholding a provision of the controversial Arizona immigration law which allows law enforcement officials to check a person’s immigration status during a lawful stop, detainment, or arrest. In light…

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Arizona Immigration Law Part 1: The Supreme Court Ruling

On June 25, 2012, the United States Supreme Court ruled that certain key provisions of Arizona’s controversial immigration law (known as SB-1070) were unconstitutional, while upholding just one of its provisions. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion (PDF). To understand…

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Some FAQ’s On Green Card Quota Backlogs

How frequently do quota backlogs change and will they improve? The U.S. State Department issues the Visa Bulletin each month (usually around the middle of the month), and it provides information that will take effect on the first day of…

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Employment-based Preference Categories For Green Card Visas

Every fiscal year (October 1st – September 30th), approximately 140,000 employment-based green card visas are made available to qualified applicants. If you are a foreign medical graduate working in the United States, there are three employment-based preference categories in which…

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Your Priority Date: Why It Is Important And How USCIS Processes Retrogressed Visa Cases

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), “Generally, the priority date is the date when the immigrant petition is properly filed with USCIS.  In some instances, the priority date is when the labor certification application was accepted for processing…

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Permanent Residence In The U.S.: Green Card Availability And Retrogression

If you are a foreign medical graduate and wish to become a permanent resident of the United States, a green card visa must be issued to you. The U.S. government sets limits on how many green card visas may be…

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Foreign Physicians: Obtaining Permanent Residence In The United States

In recent articles we mentioned three visa programs: F-1, J-1, and H-1B. Each of these programs is for temporary residence in the United States, and only grants the foreign national the right to reside in the U.S. temporarily for a…

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