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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Legal Notice 36
Foreword 37
Read This First 39
Structure of the eBook 39
How to Use the Guide 41
Content Variation 44
Essential Information 45
Nonimmigrant Physician 46
H-1B Visa 47
J-1 Visa 47
O-1 Visa 48
Education 49
Visit 49
Other Temporary Visas 50
Immigrant Physician 50
Permanent Labor Certification 50
National Interest Waiver 52
FMG with Extraordinary abilities 52
Other Employment Categories 53
Family Based Immigration 54
Diversity Lottery 54
Investment Immigration 55
Derivative Beneficiary 55
Other Categories 56
Citizenship for Physician 56
NONIMMIGRATION
Overview 59
H-1B Visa 61
Overview 61
H-1B Process 64
Step By Step Procedure 64
Requirements 65
Specialty Occupation 65
Qualifications 66
Offer of Employment 66
Labor Condition Application 67
Prevailing Wages 67
Notice 68
H-1B Dependent Employer 69
Visa Petition 70
H-1B Visa 70
H-1B Dependants 71
Number of Visas 71
Length of Stay 72
Forms 72
Ineligibility 73
Where to Apply 73
Documentation 73
Port Of Entry 74
J-1 Physician With H-1B 75
H-1B Employer Information 75
H-1B Residencies 75
H-1B Disclosure 76
Non-Residency Physicians 77
Premium Processing Service 78
Processing Time 78
Eligibility 79
Fees 79
Additional benefits 79
Annual limit 80
Procedure 81
J-1 Exchange Visitor 82
Overview 82
Sponsorship Categories 85
Alien Physicians 85
Research Scholar 86
Who Sponors 87
Who is a Research Scholar 87
Incidental Patient Contact 88
General Qualification 89
Clinical Training Programs 89
Requirements 89
Duration of Stay 91
Non-Clinical Research Programs 92
Requirements 92
Duration Of Stay 92
Important Regulations 92
Home Country Residency 93
Duration of Stay 93
Change of Specialty 94
Visa Category Change 94
Mandatory Insurance 95
Training/Employment Authorization 96
Repeat Training 97
Statement of Need 97
Statement Wording 98
Non-Standard Subspecialties 99
Extension 100
Employment 102
J-2 Visa 103
J-1 Status 104
Immigration Documents 105
I-94 105
D/S (Duration of Status) 106
Finite End Date 106
Grace Period 106
IAP-66 107
Re-entry Travel Documents 108
Waivers 111
Program Procedures 112
Application 112
ABMS Recognized Specialties 117
Individual Specialties 117
Combined Specialties 118
Application Forms 119
J-1 Waivers 121
IGA Waivers 124
Overview 124
IGA Waiver Types 125
USDA Waivers 126
ARC Waivers 126
State 30 Waivers 126
VA Waivers 126
Research Waivers 127
HPSA 127
MUA/MUP 127
USDA Waiver 129
Current Status 129
Veterans Affairs Waiver 130
Overview 130
Researchers 131
Procedure 132
Documentation 133
Sponsorship Policy 133
Employment 133
Recruitment Efforts 134
Specialists 135
Premature Termination 135
O-1 Status 136
Contact Address 136
Research Waiver 137
Overview 137
Sponsorship Policy 138
Basic Requirements 139
Procedure 140
Contact Address 141
ARC Waiver 142
Overview 142
Procedure 145
Documentation 149
Basic Requirements 150
USIA Regulations 150
Other Regulations 152
Out Of Status 154
ARC Official Statements 154
Official Waiver Policy 154
Affidavit and Agreement 158
Liquidated Damages Clause 162
Sample Notice 163
ARC Contacts 164
ARC General Contact 164
ARC State Contacts 165
Appalachian Region 174
ARC States 175
ARC Counties 175
Hardship Waivers 183
Overview 183
Double Hardship 184
Documentation Required 185
INS Requirement 185
Additional Evidence 186
Procedure 187
Key Factors 188
Hardship to Family 189
Hardship to New-borns 189
Hardship to Others 190
Waiver and Employment 192
Overview 192
Change in Employment 192
Extenuating Circumstances 194
Procedure 194
Documentation 195
Importance of Timing 197
Other Issues 198
Hardship Level 199
Suggestion 199
Additional Employment 200
Legal Interpretation 200
Suggested Approach 202
Conrad State 30 Program 203
Overview 203
Purpose 204
Who is an IGA 205
Requirements 206
Basic Requirements 206
Additional Requirements 207
Participating States 208
Documentation 209
Procedure 210
Program Comparison 210
Federal Waivers Vs. State Waivers 211
Primary Care 211
Non-compete Clauses 212
Statement Requirement 212
Numerical Limit 212
Facility Identifier 213
Pendency Statement 213
Recruitment Efforts 213
State Variations 214
Primary Care 214
Specialty Training 216
Specialty Practice 217
Area Designations 219
Contract Terms 219
Recruitment Efforts 221
Site Investigation 222
Number of Petitions 223
Final Recourse 224
Rural Facilities 224
Out of Status 224
Reporting 225
Language Preferences 225
Letters of Support 226
Processing Fees 227
Allotment of Waivers 227
Statewise Data 228
Designated Areas 323
Health Professional Shortage Areas 323
HPSA Finder 324
MUA/MUP 324
MUA/MUP FInder 325
Useful Information 325
Designation Branch 325
Abbreviations 326
Census Bureau Tract Street Locator 326
Waiver General Procedure 328
Waiver Application Procedure 328
Processing Fees 332
Contact Address 333
Estimated Processing Time 335
Over the estimated processing time 336
Practical Questions 338
Job Resources 495
Visitor Visa 529
Overview 529
B-1 Visitor Visa 530
Eligibility 530
Examples of Business Visits 531
Duration 531
B-2 Visitor 532
Eligibility 532
Examples of Non Business Visits 532
Duration 533
Visa Waiver Pilot Program 533
VWPP Countries 533
Student Visa 535
Overview 535
Procedure 537
Accredited Institutions 538
Transfer of Schools 538
Financial Support 539
Spouse and Children of F-1 Student 539
Staying in the US 540
Length of Stay 540
Extension of Stay 540
Overseas Travel 541
Working in F-1 Status 542
On-Campus Employment 542
Curricular Practical Training 543
Pre-Completion Practical Training 544
Post-Completion Practical Training 544
TN Status 545
Requirements 545
Requirements for Canadians 546
Requirements for Mexicans 546
TN professional 547
Application Procedure 548
Overview 548
Application Procedure 548
Where to apply 548
Third Country Processing 549
Consular Shopping 550
Requirements 550
Non Immigrant Intent 551
Grounds of exclusion 551
Passport Requirement 552
Port of Entry Procedure 552
Visa Usage 553
Single Entry Visa 553
Multiple Entry Visa 554
Status Maintenance 554
Changing Status 555
IMMIGRATION
Overview 557
Immigration Visa Categories 557
Popular Categories 558
Family immigration visa 558
Immediate Relative 558
Family Preference Groups 559
Employment immigration visa 560
Derivative Beneficiary 561
Visa Lottery 561
Asylees and Refugees 562
Other Immigration Categories 562
VAWA 562
LIFE 563
International Adoption 563
Country Specific Adjustment 563
Registry 564
Special Immigrant 564
NACARA Beneficiary 564
Amnesty Law Beneficiary 564
Private Bill Beneficiary 565
Cancellation of Removal Category 565
National Interest Waiver 566
Eligibility 567
Documents Required 567
Contract 568
Area Designation Evidence 568
Attestation Letter 569
Admissibility 570
Others 570
Time Limit 570
NIW for J-1 Waiver Physicians 571
Visa Lottery 573
Overview 573
Number of Visas 574
Low-admission Countries 574
Eligibility 575
Native 575
Education 576
Useful Links 577
Eligible Countries 578
Ineligible Countries 578
Procedure 578
Selection Process 579
Application Form 580
Window Period 586
Number of Entries 586
Fees 586
Mailing the Entry 587
Mailing Addresses 588
The Envelope 590
Intermediaries 591
Family Immigration 593
Overview 593
Eligible Sponsors 593
Eligible Beneficiary 594
Procedure 596
Family Immigration Categories 596
Immediate Relative Category 598
Family Preference Categories 598
Immediate Relative Category 599
Who are Immediate Relatives 599
Derivative Beneficiaries 600
Number of Visas 601
Processing Time 601
Family Preference Categories 601
Derivative Beneficiaries 602
Four Preferences 602
First Preference 603
Numerical Limit 603
Second Preference A 604
Second Preference B 604
Numerical Limit 605
Third Preference 605
Numerical Limit 605
Fourth Preference 605
Numerical Limit 607
Petition Procedure 607
Self-Petitioning 607
Victims of Abuse 608
Spouse 609
Spouse of Citizen 609
Spouse of Permanent Resident 610
Conditional Residence 611
Procedure 612
Filing Petition 613
Following-to-Join Spouses 614
Separate Visa Petition 615
Appeal 615
Marriage 616
Evidence 616
Marriage Fraud Interview 617
Field Investigation 618
Troubled Marriage 619
Living Apart 620
Prior Marriage 620
Widow or Widower 620
Five-Year Rule 621
Parents 621
Process 622
Procedure 622
Mother 623
Father 623
Father-Not Legitimated 624
Father-Legitimated 625
Stepparent 626
Adoptive Parent 627
After Filing Your Petition 628
Appeal 628
Children 629
Overview of Immigration Process 630
Who is Eligible to Be a Sponsor? 631
US Citizens 632
Lawful Permanent Residents 635
Beneficiaries Who Wish to Bring Children 638
After Filing the Petition 639
May I Appeal? 639
Following-to-Join Benefits 639
Adopted Child 642
Orphan Child 643
Brother/Sister 643
Definition of a Sibling 643
Overview of the Immigration Process 644
Eligibility for Sibling Sponsorship 645
After Filing Your Petition 652
May I Appeal 653
Employment Immigration 654
Overview 654
Employment Immigration Groups 657
First Preference: EB-1 Priority Workers 658
Aliens with extraordinary abilities 658
Outstanding professors and researchers 660
Multinational executives and managers 661
Number of Visas 662
Second Preference: EB-2 Professionals 662
Professionals holding advanced degrees 662
Aliens of exceptional ability 663
Number of Visas 664
Third Preference: EB-3 Skilled/Unskilled Workers 664
Professionals 665
Skilled Workers 665
Other Workers 665
Number of Visas 666
Fourth Preference: EB-4 Special Workers 666
Religious Workers 666
Other Special Immigrants 667
Number of Visas 667
Fifth Preference: EB-5 Investors 667
Investment Amount 668
Targetted Employment Area 668
Number of Visas 668
Regional Centers 668
Conditional Permanent Residence 669
Quitting Job 669
National Interest Waiver 670
Labor Certification 670
Restrictions 671
Special Labor Certification 671
Employer Sanctions 672
Procedure 672
Priority Date 674
Procedure 675
Overview 675
Cross-Chargeability 677
Waiting in US 677
Applying in the United States 678
Adjustment of Status 678
Eligibility 679
Consular Processing in US 680
FBI Verification 681
Medical Exam 682
INS Interview for Adjustment of Status 682
Asylees and Refugees 684
Applying from Abroad 685
Consular Processing 685
Field Investigation 687
Immigrant Visa Number 688
Limit on Number 689
Obtaining Immigrant Visa Number 689
Availability of Immigrant Visa Number 691
Visa 692
Immigrant Visa 692
Nonimmigrant Visa 693
Who Needs a Visa 693
Where Do I Apply for a Visa? 694
Arrival-Departure Records 695
Usage 695
Extension of Validity 696
Visa Barriers 697
Overview 697
Common Bars 697
Health Status 698
Medical Examination 698
Misrepresentation 699
Waiver 699
Unlawful Status 700
Definition 701
Exceptions 701
3- Year Bar 702
10-Year Bar 702
Waiver 702
Public Charge 703
Exceptions 704
Affidavit 704
Who needs Affidavit 705
Sponsor 705
Ability Test 706
Household Income 706
Joint Sponsorship 707
Liquid Assets 707
Contract 708
Change of Address 708
Other Cases 708
Criminal Activity 709
Waivers 710
Political Activity 711
Waiver 711
Grounds of Inadmissibility 712
Naturalization 716
Overview 716
Advantages 717
Risks 718
Dual Citizenship 718
Requirements 721
Continuous Residence 721
Statutory Period 722
Five Years Requirement 722
Three Years Requirement 722
Statutory Period Presence 723
New Count 724
Exception 724
Physical Presence 724
New Count 725
Moral Character 725
Statutory Period 726
Aggravated Felony 726
US Civic Knowledge 726
US Knowledge Test 727
US Knowledge Test for Aged 727
Exception 727
English Test 727
Exception 728
Legal Competence 728
Children 729
Birth and Citizenship 729
Birth in US 729
Birth Abroad 730
Derivative Naturalization 731
Automatic Naturalization 732
Non-Automatic Naturalization 732
Refugees and Asylees 734
Overview 734
Asylum 734
Requirements 735
One Year Limit 735
Fear of persecution 736
Denials of Asylum 737
Discretionary Denial 737
Mandatory Denial 738
Third Country Resettlement 738
Aggravated Felonies 739
Application Procedure 739
Procedure 740
Withholding of Removal 742
Refugees 742
Procedure 743
Adjustment of Status 743
(NON)IMMIGRATION
Labor Certification 746
Overview 746
Permanent Labor Certification 747
Qualifying Criteria 748
The Job 749
Processing 750
Normal Processing 750
Form ETA 750 751
SWA Review 751
Recruitment Report 752
Regional Office Decision 754
RIR Processing 756
Pattern of Recruitment 758
Status Check 759
Processing Time 760
INS Petition 761
Other Points 761
Amendment 761
Duplicate Copy 762
Schedules of Occupations 762
H-1B Labor Certification 763
Qualifying Criteria 764
Additional Attestations 766
Employer's preliminary actions 766
The prevailing wage 766
Disclosure of intent 767
Filing LCA 768
LCA Processing Times 770
Status Check 773
Change of employers 773
Part-time employment 773
Permanent Residence for H-1B worker 773
H-1B Disclosure Information 774
H-1B Dependent Employer 774
Prevailing Wages 775
SWA Method 776
Other Sources 778
Disagreement 779
Own Survey 779
Third Party Survey 780
Survey Standards 780
Employee Discrimination 782
Employer Sanctions 782
Documents 783
Employee's Rights 784
Anti-Discrimination 784
Canadian Physicians 786
H-1B Process for Canadians 787
Permanent Residence 788
Canadian Physicians Trained Abroad 789
Work Authorization 791
EAD 791
Who Needs EAD 791
EAD Not Required 791
EAD Required 792
Types of EAD 793
Immigration Lawyer 794
Immigration Lawyer 794
Immigration Consultants 795
How to Select a Lawyer 796
Low Cost Routes 799
Problems 800
Volgas 800
Finding a Lawyer 801
Directories 801
Law Firms 802
Volags 803
Glossary 877
APPENDICES
Visa Lottery Countries 913
Eligible Countries 913
Ineligible Countries 917
Naturalization Preparation 919
Aged Civic Knowledge Test 919
General Civic Knowledge Test 925
English Test 953
The Oath of Allegiance 959
Aggravated Felonies 959
Visas Classification 962
TN professional 975
Grounds of Exclusion 977
Health Reasons 977
Political Activity 978
Criminal Activity 978
Immigration Law Violation 979
Other Reasons 980
Employment Documents 982
Useful Links 987

 

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