Grace Gómez has spent considerable time investigating both the federal law and the corresponding state departments of health to navigate the particular federal and state requirements so that an IMG can practice in the United States in the area of his or her preference.
Medical School Graduates Outside of the United States
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There are many different types of visas. Each visa is designated for a specific intent, including to visit, study, work, or reside temporarily in the United States. Some visas have complicated filing procedures and requirements while others are more straightforward. A consultation with a qualified attorney can illuminate the path to the proper visa for you and your loved ones.
Reasoning Behind the Medical Visa
The number of older adults in the United States will almost double between 2005 and 2030, and by some conservative estimates we will have a 200,000 physician shortage as early as the year 2020. [See Mitka, Mike. Looming Shortage of Physicians Raises Concerns About Access to Care. Journal of the American Medical Association.] The prospect of healthcare reform could mean that up to 30 million Americans would have access to doctors where they previously did not, which would also create a significant physician shortage. [See Wechsler, Pat. The Coming Doctor Shortage. Business Week.]
Complications Within Medical Immigration
Although vitally important, navigating the field of “medical immigration” as it has come to be called, is fraught with (unnecessary) complications, inter-agency crossover issues, and worst of all an incorrect fear that there are a limited number of medical jobs which should be reserved for those lucky enough to have been born here.
State Requirements in Obtainging a Medical Visa
Since the federal government has delegated the Conrad 30 waivers to only 30 per state, the states have introduced their own additional requirements. The prudent IMG must work with immigration counsel who has experience dealing with each particular state’s department of health. Two anecdotal examples are that Florida gives 8 points of extra preference (on their own sliding scale) to general medical practitioners who speak Spanish, while Ohio is notorious for charging a record $3,571 per application.