Are you a medical graduate in one of the accredited foreign medical schools (except Canada)? In the United States, international medical graduates are required to go through a unique credentialing process by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to become licensed professionals and start their residence.
The US has a high need for healthcare professionals in local areas. This presents an opportunity for international medical graduates to enhance their experience and establish their lives in the US.
What Are Some Common Pathways for US Immigration for International Medical Graduates?
There are 3 categories of visa programs for international medical graduates:
J-1 Exchange Visitor
H-1B Professional Worker
O-1 Extraordinary Ability
J-1 Exchange Visitor:
If you are an international medical graduate who has been accepted into a residence program sponsored expressly by the ECFMG, then this visa program is for you. You are required to obtain an ECFMG certification with satisfactory scores on the USMLE, Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Skills and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge.
This J-1 Visa will be valid until your residence program with a maximum limit of up to 7 years. If you received medical education as a J-1 Exchange Visitor, you will be required to return to your home country for 2 years before being eligible for an H-1B Visa or permanent residence.