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Physician groups concerned about visa delays for residents

Residency Program Insider, June 1, 2018

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With new residents expected to begin their training on July 1, seven physician groups have sent a letter to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services raising concerns about delays in H-1B visa processing for non-U.S. international medical graduates (IMG).

The letter outlines the impact on patient care if IMGs’ visas are delayed or denied. For example, 60% of the incoming internal medicine residents at Basset Healthcare Network in Cooperstown, New York, are IMGs who require visas. Overall, about one-quarter of non-U.S. IMGs require H-1B visas to train in the country.

The letter urges Immigration Services to expedite H-1B visa application processing for IMGs. The letter was signed by the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, the American College of Physicians, the American Psychiatric Association, and the Council of Academic Family Medicine.

Source: Fierce Healthcare



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