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Immigration Policies for IMGs

International Medical Graduates constitute more than 23% of physicians in the United States. IMGs play a vital role in U.S. healthcare, particularly in providing medical care to underserved communities. The AMA IMG Section advocates policies that address immigration issues and visa complications which may impede postgraduate education 

AMA policies related to immigration policies for IMGs
H-255.971 J-1 Visas and Waivers
H-255.975 J-1 Exchange Visitor Program (J-1 Visa)
H-255.997 Fifth Pathway
H-255.995 Foreign Medical Graduates

H-255.991 Visa Compications for IMGs in Graduate Medical Education

AMA Policies Related to Helping Underserved Communities

H-200.992 Designation of Areas of Medical Need.
H-200.972 Primary Care Physicians in the Inner City.

AMA reports and/or documents related to immigration policies for IMGs
In the January 2004 issue of the GME E-letter, we reported that the AMA will work to minimize the time it takes for international medical graduates (IMGs) to obtain visas to participate in GME or practice medicine in the United States.

Visa delays have caused some programs to scramble while waiting for IMGs to arrive, reported delegates at the AMA Interim Meeting in Hawaii. Some observers worry that continued delays will make IMGs less attractive candidates for residency slots. Read more.

GME E-letter - January 2004: J-1 visa waiver program to target neediest communities
Under new guidelines for the J-1 visa waiver program, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will only process applications from facilities in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) with a score of 14 or higher -- indicating the most needy of communities.

Previously, applications were processed from any HPSA, regardless of score.

Report on J-1 Visas and Visa Waivers
Reports on J-1 visas and visa waivers.

AMA Policies relevant to J-1 visas and immigration
The full text of relevant AMA policies to J-1 visas and Immigration issues.