Once licensed to practice their profession in the U.S., foreign nationals may work as physicians under a number of temporary non-immigrant visa programs. Typically, these visas allow you to start work faster than a permanent resident (green card) application.
H-1B Professional Worker Visa: The most common program for foreign physicians, physical therapists, and other medical professions is the professional worker H-1B visa. To obtain an H-1B visa, the foreign-born medical professional must be sponsored by an employer. This visa is good for up to six years.
O-1 Extraordinary Ability Visa: This visa program allows an employer to sponsor any alien worker who has “a level of expertise indicating that the person is one of the small percentages who has risen to the very top of the field of endeavor.” The visa can be issued for up to three years and can be renewed annually thereafter. As the name implies, this type of visa is only granted to extraordinary physicians and medical professionals. .
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