According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the practice of medicine in the US will experience a shortage of more than 120,000 physicians by 2030. It estimates a deficit in primary care and medical and surgical specialties, among many areas of medicine.
To make this scenario even worse, foreign doctors who intend to immigrate and pursue the medical profession in the US have to endure an extensive and expensive process to validate their degrees and be authorized to work.
A foreigner who graduates from a medical program in their home country – which usually takes seven to eight years of study – first must obtain a non-immigrant student visa and study in the US for an average of three years until they are able to pass specific exams. Following this, the immigrant doctors still face the dilemma of how they will work in the US when their student visas have expired.
Fortunately, one of the possibilities for medical professionals to achieve legal permanent residency and practice medicine in the US is to apply for the EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW) visa. This visa category leads to a Green Card for professionals with unique skills in their area of expertise or training. Physicians who possess more than five years of proven performance in the health segments fit this profile. Further, a job offer in the US is not required in order to qualify for this visa category. The EB-2 NIW is also one of the most financially accessible options for obtaining a Green Card.
Doctors, dentists, physiotherapists –just to name a few specialists– qualify for this category and their contributions to the United States national interest can be readily demonstrated, thus fulfilling the necessary requirements and providing a legal path to permanent residency.
If you have plans to internationalize your investments, develop business, and begin your expatriation process, it is important to have a team of lawyers with proven experience, acting in several jurisdictions and accredited by their respective governments. Our highly specialized professionals possess the technical skills required to evaluate the best alternatives and meet your needs and expectations.
To know which immigration option best suits your profile and that of your family, in addition to knowing more about the many possible alternatives for your projects to develop successfully, talk to one of our expert attorneys. Schedule a consultation with HAYMAN-WOODWARD PLLC now.
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