Residency matches endangered by Trump's immigration policy

Residency Program Insider, January 8, 2018

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In a recent statement, the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) voiced its concerns regarding the Trump administration's visa policies and plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the implications it may have for the 2018 Main Residency Match.

"Applicants affected by the visa restrictions or who are beneficiaries of the DACA program are already applying for and interviewing at residency and fellowship programs, even though it is not certain they will be permitted to enter or remain in the US by the start of training," the statement said. The NRMP fears that the uncertainty will leave many programs the choice of either not ranking qualified applicants or risking empty training slots on their program start date.

The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling does little to assuage the NRMP's fears, as it allows the Trump administration to enforce its travel ban on citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East, as well as Venezuela and North Korea. Left with very little choice, the NRMP "encourages applicants and programs to make the best decisions they can under existing circumstances. For its part, NRMP will be liberal in granting waivers to applicants and programs if they cannot meet their respective Match obligations because of the effects of the visa restrictions or changes to the DACA program."

Source: National Resident Matching Program

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