Employment-based Preference Categories For Green Card Visas

Every fiscal year (October 1st – September 30th), approximately 140,000 employment-based green card visas are made available to qualified applicants. If you are a foreign medical graduate working in the United States, there are three employment-based preference categories in which…

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Your Priority Date: Why It Is Important And How USCIS Processes Retrogressed Visa Cases

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), “Generally, the priority date is the date when the immigrant petition is properly filed with USCIS.  In some instances, the priority date is when the labor certification application was accepted for processing…

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Permanent Residence In The U.S.: Green Card Availability And Retrogression

If you are a foreign medical graduate and wish to become a permanent resident of the United States, a green card visa must be issued to you. The U.S. government sets limits on how many green card visas may be…

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Foreign Physicians: Obtaining Permanent Residence In The United States

In recent articles we mentioned three visa programs: F-1, J-1, and H-1B. Each of these programs is for temporary residence in the United States, and only grants the foreign national the right to reside in the U.S. temporarily for a…

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Immigration For Medical Professionals: Permanent Residence Status

Each of the visa programs mentioned in our two recent articles (F-1, J-1, H-1B) is a temporary residence program (among which include also the O-1, TN and E-2 visas, which we will discuss in future posts).  In other words, it…

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Immigration For Medical Professionals: The H-1B Professional Worker Visa

The most common program by which foreign nationals enter the U.S. to work as physicians is the professional workers visa, or H-1B visa.  To obtain an H-1B visa, the foreign born physician must be sponsored by an employer.  This visa…

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Immigration For Medical Professionals: Attending Medical School In the U.S.

Foreign nationals who wish to attend medical school and/or practice medicine in the United States have a number of avenues available to them through U.S. immigration. In this brief article we will discuss the F-1 and J-1 student visas, as…

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