The J-1 visa which is normally processed by the ECFMG carries with it the disadvantage of having a 2-year home country residence requirement that forces the FMG to have to leave the U.S. immediately after their residency and restricts the hospitals options when it comes to continuing their employment. The Conrad 30 program restricts J-1 waivers to 30/state. Therefore, competition for J-1 waivers is stiff and often unpredictable.
Prior to H-1B sponsorship, the following criteria must be met:
- Graduation from a medical school with the equivalent of a Doctor of Medicine degree
- An offer from a U.S. Teaching Hospital with a fellowship or residency program
- ECFMG certification
- Passage of USMLE Steps I,II & III
- State medical license or documentation of the medical residency program being licensed as a whole.
- Employment Agreement for the duration of the residency program
The Importance of H-1B Processing Time Frame
H-1B petitions are normally filed with the USCIS Service Center with jurisdiction over the location of the hospital sponsoring the petition. When filed in the regular processing method, the petition process could take between 3 to 5 months. Therefore, we do not recommend this form of processing. Premium processing is available by paying an additional $1225.00 in filing fees and guarantees a 15 days turnaround. Therefore, you must plan your visa processing well in advance. If your program is set to begin in the first week of July, we recommend that you contact us as early as the third week in January.
Fees for H-1B Processing:
The Fraud fee must be paid by the Employer. Contact us for a professional fee schedule and checklist or for general questions.
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