The Physician Immigration Handbook


A Guide to the U.S. Immigration System
for International Medical Graduates,
Recruiters, and Employers


The Physician Immigration Handbook explains what foreign physicians need to know to apply for graduate medical training at teaching hospitals in the United States and how they can remain in the United States to pursue their careers. The Handbook serves as a guide for international medical graduates (IMGs), recruiters, human resource professionals, and even government officials who need to know how the U.S. immigration system works and the special rules applied to IMGs within that framework.

Immigration attorney and author Greg Siskind presents this information in an easy-to-read, question-and-answer format, beginning with a review of the application process through which IMGs receive certification from the U.S. Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), eventually leading to admittance to U.S. graduate medical training programs. Then the Handbook discusses the two major immigration pathways open to IMGs who want to come to the United States for graduate medical training—the J-1 visa and the H-1B visa. The Physician Immigration Handbook walks the IMG through training to post-training work, then on to permanent residency—the “green card” process—and ultimately to U.S. citizenship. It even delves into employment issues, such as layoffs, mergers, and acquisitions, while also discussing special benefits available to foreign physicians in the U.S. military.

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Siskind Susser PC