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Immigration Process for Physicians


Discovery Resource # ST-18
Resource Topic: Immigration
Planning Tools: Survival Tool
Career Phase: Plan
Description: Timing is everything for IMGs
Description:
This Survival Tool addresses in detail the special many issues and concerns faced by international medical graduates (“IMGs”) who are completing residency training in the United States and wish to remain in the country to practice medicine.
Objectives:
  • Identify the conditions/classifications which apply to their IMG/immigration status to develop their action plan for staying in the states to pursue their medical career.
  • Identify information and actions needed by them and their perspective employer.
  • Develop strategies and an action plan for implementation no later than (NLT) the start of their final year of residency.
Author:
Ms. Catillaz, is a partner at Harter Secrest & Emery LLP in Rochester, N.Y., where she specializes in immigration law with special emphasis on the issues encountered by foreign physicians. She is past president and board member emeritus of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and was editor-in-chief of AILA’s second and third editions of Immigration Options for Physicians.