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Visa Policy

Foreign national physicians must have a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and must seek sponsorship as a J-1 exchange visitor.

The objectives of the ECFMG Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program are to enhance international exchange and to promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other nations through the interchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. The ECFMG J-1 Visa Sponsorship Fact Sheet provides an introduction to ECFMG sponsorship of foreign national physicians for the J-1 visa, and includes web-based resources for those who want more information.

Candidates who have graduated, or are expected to graduate, in good standing from a U.S. Medical or Osteopathic School, presently on an F-1 Visa, will be considered for H-1B status. The program may also consider candidates who are presently holding H-1B visas from other training programs. Each training program will apply certain program specific criteria for screening of H-1B applicants. The program then will present these candidates to the GME Office.

All fees related to obtaining appropriate visa status including USMLE or other examinations, credentialing, licensure and or legal fees are the full responsibility of the applicant or resident or fellow.

For further information see the Visa Policy section of our Policy & Procedure Manual.

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