03 Sep 2020

I am a physician and have two years left to qualify for a waiver to my J-1 home residency requirement. I will soon be marrying a U.S. citizen. Do I still need to get the waiver before I can get a green card through my spouse?

Answer Normally, in order to apply for a green card through a U.S. citizen spouse, one would still need to obtain the waiver to home residency requirement. (03.Sep.2020)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services,...

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...

26 Dec 2019

I am finishing a J-1 program and am subject to the home residency requirement. Prior to beginning the J-1, I lived in India. Once I am done with the program, however, I will be moving to live in Australia. If I live in Australia for two years, will that satisfy the home residency requirement?

Answer Generally speaking, a person is required to live in the previous country of residency – in your case, India. Living in Australia normally would not meet this requirement. (26.Dec.2019)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE...

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...