28 May 2020

USCIS Provides Flexibility During Pandemic to Physicians Seeking Conrad 30 Waivers

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a policy memorandum containing some limited changes for certain foreign medical graduates during the COVID-19 national emergency. The new policy provides some relief from adverse immigration consequences to international medical graduates working in the U.S. in...

02 Jan 2020

I will soon be completing a J-1 medical residency program. I read online that it is possible to get a “no objection” waiver to the J-1 home residency requirement. How do I apply for this?

Answer There is a no objection waiver to the home residency requirement. Generally speaking, however, if a foreign national used the J-1 program to attend a medical residency program, they would not be eligible to use the no objection option. (02.Jan.2020)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys...

26 Aug 2019

NIW for Physicians Completing J-1 Waiver Service

International medical graduates (IMGs) often overcome the two-year home residence requirement (HRR) through a waiver based on the support of an Interested Government Agency (IGA). These waivers require three years of service as a physician in certain designated underserved areas. The grant of this waiver...

21 Aug 2019

I am a recipient of Conrad-30 waiver, which I completed last year. If I apply for an H1B position, do I have to go through the lottery?

Answer Generally speaking, a person who has obtained a Conrad 30 waiver is not subject to the H1B cap. Therefore, there typically would be no need to apply through the lottery. (21.Aug.2019)In frequent sessions of our Chat, Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that...

22 Dec 2018

NewsFlash! Partial Government Shutdown Now in Effect

A partial shutdown of the federal government is now in effect because Congress was unable to pass a new budget or continuing resolution. This also means that several immigration programs are temporarily suspended, including the regional center portion of the employment-based, fifth preference (EB5) immigrant...