Improving Health Care Through Immigration
Medical professionals who immigrate to the United States, temporarily or permanently, provide valuable services. In certain medical professions, they help make up for dangerous shortages, and more generally, they contribute to the provision of quality health care to people throughout America.
At the immigration law firm of Yeager & Etkind — with offices in Rockville, Maryland; Washington, D.C.; and Arlington and McLean, Virginia — we help clients throughout the region understand how unique aspects of the U.S. immigration process apply to medical professionals. Contact us to discuss your needs with one of our experienced immigration lawyers.
Pursuing Exemptions and Waivers for Medical Staff
While visas for medical professionals are in many ways similar to other employment-based visas — with green cards available under the EB-2 category and temporary work visas available under various categories — there are some important exemptions and waivers for medical personnel.
Registered nurses and physical therapists, in particular, are exempt from the foreign labor certification (PERM) process as long as certain requirements are met by the foreign professional programs through which they have been licensed.
While doctors, pharmacists and other medical professionals may not be exempt from PERM, there are certain waivers they can obtain for things such as working in underserved areas of the country. We will look at your individual circumstances to determine whether any applicable exemptions or waivers can be used to simplify the visa process.
Representing Professionals and Their Sponsors
Our firm represents medical professionals as well as hospitals and other health care institutions seeking to employ them in the United States. We guide our clients through the maze of requirements, including language tests and other qualification procedures.
To learn more about how U.S. visa and immigration laws apply to medical professionals and their employers, contact our attorneys at Yeager & Etkind today.