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  • IMG

    International Medical Graduates are physicians who have graduated from an accredited medical school outside of the United States. To learn more about assistance and information provided by the AMA to IMGs visit this link: http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub...
    by admin on 05-07-2009
  • HPSA

    Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) is the more commonly used federal shortage area designation (the other designation being MUA/MUP). An area can be designated as having a shortage of: -primary care physicians (family and general practitioners...
    by admin on 05-07-2009
  • HRR (2-year Home Residency Requirement)

    Certain J Visa holders who participate in programs financed in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by an agency of the U.S. Government or by the exchange visitor's government, or who are nationals or residents of a country which have been designated...
    by admin on 05-07-2009
  • H-1B Visas

    The H1B is a temporary nonimmigrant work permit that allows an H1B holder to work at a sponsoring U.S. employer for an initial period of 3 years, renewable up to six years (sometimes longer in certain circumstances). It is often considered preferable...
    by admin on 05-07-2009
  • J1 Waivers

    A “J visa” requires the holder to return to his home country for two years before being able to practice medicine in the U.S. An exception to this rule may be obtained if a U.S. government agency will sponsor the IMG for a J waiver. Over 1...
    by admin on 05-07-2009
  • MUAs

    Medically Under-served Areas (or Populations) MUA/MUP designations are primarily used for determining areas where Community and Migrant Health Centers can locate. They are also needed to qualify facilities to obtain cost-based reimbursement through their...
    by admin on 05-07-2009
  • O Visa

    Commonly referred to as the “Super Star” visa, granted to physicians and other professionals who can demonstrate “extraordinary ability” in their fields. For a physician, this means multiple publications and citations demonstrating...
    by admin on 05-07-2009
  • O-1 Visa

    O-1 status is a nonimmigrant status category for aliens of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics. This is an employment related status that allows qualified aliens to live and work in the United States. O-1 status...
    by admin on 05-07-2009
  • Form I-140

    This is the form a sponsoring employer petitions for an alien worker to become a permanent resident in the United States. This form is filed on behalf of an alien, and not by the alien.
    by admin on 05-07-2009
  • IGA Waivers

    Interested Government Agency waivers are issued by various U.S. government agencies allowing physicians to work in the U.S. waiving normal foreign residence requirements. The physician need not work for the sponsoring government agency (IGA). For example...
    by admin on 05-07-2009
  • National Interest Waiver

    The national interest waiver allows physicians to move to the U.S. for employment in underserved areas. It relieves the petitioner from the labor certification process, if you are either a petitioner requesting a national interest waiver on behalf of...
    by admin on 05-07-2009
  • J Visas

    The "J" exchange visitor program is designed to promote the interchange of persons, knowledge, and skills in the fields of education, arts, and sciences. It is particularly popular with physicians from around the world to study and practice...
    by admin on 05-07-2009
  • Non-Immigrant Visas

    Allow foreign citizens to remain in the United States for a specific limited period of time depending on the purpose of the stay. http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/1553.html
    by admin on 05-07-2009
  • International Medical Graduate (IMG)

    A physician who graduated from a medical school which is not located in the United States of America or Canada. http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/1553.html
    by admin on 05-07-2009
  • J-1 Visa Waivers

    Allows an international medical graduate to come to the United States under an educational exchange program for up to seven years. When the visa expires, the physician must return to his/her own country for at least two years before applying for a permanent...
    by admin on 05-07-2009
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