New Mexico J-1 Waiver Program to Start September 1, 2017

The New Mexico J-1 Visa Waiver Program application cycle is set to open this Friday, September 1, 2017. Please be sure ALL application components are included before submitting application packets. New Mexico is a first come, first serve program and…

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Do’s and Don’ts for FMG Physicians Applying for a J-1 Waiver

Do decide on your states where you would like to live before your search. Do start your search at least one year before your last year of residency or fellowship. Do check licensing requirements for your preferred states. Don’t wait…

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Conrad 30 “J-1 Waiver” Program set to expire on December 9, 2016

Unless extended by Congress, the Conrad State 30 Program will expire on December 9, 2016. The Conrad 30 program is run by state health departments and allows medical doctors on J-1 visas to apply for a waiver of the two-year…

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USCIS Tests New Program to Speed Up and Reduce Costs of Visa Applications

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently launched the Known Employer pilot program to test a modified process for employers seeking to hire certain workers through employment-based visa categories. The Known Employer pilot is expected to reduce paperwork, costs, and delays…

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Quick Question – Is a J-1 Waiver Physician Exempt from the H-1B Cap When Changing Employers?

Quick Question:  I am a physician who is currently working pursuant to a J -1 waiver.  I know I am required to work for three years to fulfill my waiver.  But I plan to change to a different employer after that.  Is…

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H-1B vs. EAD/AP – Physician Choice?

We are frequently asked: “if it is okay to use the EAD to moonlight or return to the United States (after traveling abroad) using the AP in lieu of applying for an H-1B visa?” An Employment Authorization Document (EAD) allows…

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