Useful Links for Foreign Medical Graduates

Useful Web Resources for Physicians (FMG/IMG) Seeking US immigration and Non-immigration Visas or J-1 Visa Waivers Based on Service in HPSA, MUA or MUPs; Physician National Interest Waiver Petitions.

ECFMG(Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates)
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)-Website for foreign medical graduates for sitting for the various US visa qualifying examinations and requirements. Describes the exams necessary for physicians to qualify for H-1B visa status also.

Conrad-30 Waiver J-1 Visa Program Contacts
Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver for Physicians - This provides the various state contacts and coordinators for the Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program for Physicians.  Also provides support letters for National Interest Waiver Applications for Physicians.

U.S. Department of State - J-1 Exchange Visa Waiver Program
Describes the J-1 visa waiver program, qualifications, requirements and Application Procedure

Appalachian Regional Commission - J-1 Visa Waiver Program for Physicians
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) - J-1 Visa waiver program for physicians and Doctors

Delta Regional Authority  - J-1 Visa Waiver Program for Physicians 
The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) - J-1 Visa Waiver Program for Physicians and Doctors

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
US Department of Health & Human Services - Describes requirements for designation as a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) and guidelines regarding Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs) and Medically Underserved Populations (MUP) for the various Physician J-1 Visa Waiver Programs as well as Physician National Interest Waiver petitions.

Physician/Healthcare Worker Recruitment
Health professional recruitment/retention resources for rural areas and J-1 visa physicians and other health care professionals. Also contains publications and helpful articles on J-1 visa waivers for physicians.

U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs
US Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) - Physician J-1 visa waiver programs Description, Qualifications and Application Procedures

To Locate Census Tract Numbers
Determines the Census Tract Numbers for use in determining HPSA, MUA, MUP status and HPSA score of particular locations for use by physician J-1 Visa Waiver applications as well as physician applicants for the national interest waiver.

US Physician Visas - State by State Medical Licensing Requirements
Most US visas for foreign-trained physicians (IMGs/FMGs) require a medical licence or other authorization to practice in the state of intended employment. Physicians seeking J-1 visa or national interest waiver jobs may contact each state to determine the physician licensing requirements. 


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