Physician National Interest Waivers
Green Card/Permanent Residency Visas -Physician National Interest Waivers by Working in HPSA, MUA, MUP
A national interest waiver petition is used to obtain permanent residency. The main advantage of this request is that an applicant does not have to file a labor certification petition in order to obtain permanent residency. Another advantage is that a job offer is not always required, in other words, a qualifying individual may file for himself (self petitioning). This petition is advantageous for physicians who work in an underserved area.
Evidence to be submitted:
- If the physician will be an employee; a full-time employment contract (issued and dated within 6 months prior to the date the petition is filed) for the required period of clinical medical practice, or an employment commitment letter from a Veteran’s Affairs (VA) facility.
- If the physician will establish his or her own practice, the physician’s sworn statement committing to the full-time practice of clinical medicine for the required period, and describing the steps the physician has taken or intends to actually take to establish the practice.
- Evidence that the physician will provide full-time clinical medical service:
- In a geographical area or areas designated by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) as having a shortage of health care professionals and in a medical specialty that is within the scope of the Secretary's designation for the geographical area or areas; or
- In a facility under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of VA.
- A letter (issued and dated within 6 months prior to the date on which the petition is filed) from a Federal agency or the department of public health (or equivalent) of a State (including territories of the United States and the District of Columbia) attesting that the alien physician’s work is or will be in the public interest
- Any attestation from a Federal agency must reflect the agency’s knowledge of the alien’s qualifications and the agency’s background in making determinations on matters involving medical affairs so as to substantiate the finding that the alien’s work is or will be in the public interest.
- An attestation from the public health department of a State, United States territory, or the District of Columbia must reflect that the agency has jurisdiction over the place where the alien physician intends to practice clinical medicine. If the alien physician intends to practice clinical medicine in more than one underserved area, attestations from each intended area of practice must be included. Attestations from the public health department of a State, United States territory, or the District of Columbia that does not have jurisdiction over the place in which the alien physician intends to practice clinical medicine will not be accepted.
- Evidence that the alien physician meets the admissibility requirements established by section 212(a)(5)(B) of the Act.
- If applicable, evidence of the Service-issued waivers of the requirements of sections 212(e) of the Act, if the alien physician has been a J-1 nonimmigrant receiving medical training within the United States.
Time Limit for Required Service
- If the physician already has authorization to accept employment (other than as a J-1 exchange alien), the beneficiary physician must complete an aggregate 5 years of qualifying full-time clinical practice during the 6-year period beginning on the date of approval of the Form I-140.
- If the physician must obtain authorization to accept employment before the physician may lawfully begin working, the physician must complete the aggregate 5 years of qualifying full-time clinical practice during the 6-year period beginning on the date the Service issues the necessary employment authorization document.
Schneider v. Chertoff decision is implemented nationwide. Click here to read the USCIS memorandum regarding interim adjudication procedures for National Interest Waiver Petitions.
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