J-1 physicians interested in a medical career and permanent residency in the United States must obtain a “J-1 visa waiver”, or return to their home country for two years, prior to seeking employment in the U.S.
There are four legal bases by which a J-1 physician may request a waiver:
Labor certification is the most common avenue taken by foreign physicians in obtaining a green card. If you are seeking to employ and sponsor a physician for permanent residency status, we can assist you throughout this process. Physician national interest waivers can be granted if a physician is willing to commit to five years in one or more healthcare shortage areas. Because this is considered to be in the nation’s best interest, the USCIS will waive labor certification requirements for an eligible doctor.
We have represented nurses, radiology technicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and other healthcare professionals who may qualify for H-1B status. The Shapiro Law Group stands ready to assist American employers in processing J-1 visas and discuss requirements or known obstacles. You can reach our immigration attorneys online or call us at (847) 564-0712. We will promptly respond to your inquiry and arrange a consultation at your convenience.