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  • Navigating Immigration Challenges: Understanding Visa Inadmissibility

    Immigrating to a new country can be a complex process, and immigration attorneys play a crucial role in guiding their clients through the legal maze. However, there are certain unforeseen issues that attorneys may not always anticipate, especially when it comes to visa applicants with a history of driving under the influence (DUI) or operating […]
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  • From O-1 Visa to Physician National Interest Waiver: A Journey to Success

    Navigating the complex terrain of U.S. immigration can be daunting, particularly for foreign physicians. One of our Physician client’s long but inspiring journey from an O-1 visa holder to securing a Physician National Interest Waiver (PNIW) exemplifies the persistence and dedication required to achieve success in this challenging process. A Journey of Dedication & Expertise […]
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  • Understanding the O-1 Extraordinary Ability Visa for Physicians Subject to 212(e) Due to J-1 Status

    International physicians who come to the United States on a J-1 visa for their medical residency often find themselves facing a significant hurdle at the end of their training: the two-year home-country residency requirement under Section 212(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. For highly credentialed physicians seeking to continue their medical careers in the […]
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  • Understanding the Physician National Interest Waiver: An Alternative Pathway to US Permanent Residency

    Navigating the complex landscape of U.S. immigration can be daunting for international medical graduates who wish to practice medicine in the United States. One such pathway that often goes under-explored is the Physician National Interest Waiver (PNIW). This option can be particularly advantageous compared to the traditional PERM-based green card petition. In this blog post, […]
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  • The Health & Human Services (HHS) Waiver Option for Physicians

    The Health and Human Services (HHS) J waiver, an integral part of U.S. immigration policy, allows foreign medical graduates on J-1 visas to waive their two-year home-country physical presence requirement under specific conditions. This option proves beneficial for physicians specializing in primary care who are within a year of completion of a medical residency program.  […]
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  • Northern Border Regional Commission Launches J-1 Visa Waiver Expansion Program

    On December 5, 2023, the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) announced its J-1 Visa Waiver Expansion Program. As part of its effort to provide rural and underserved areas in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont with adequate access to quality and affordable healthcare, this program aims to streamline the visa process for physicians trained […]
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  • Navigating the Physician National Interest Waiver Journey: Securing State Support from the DOH

    As part of the Physician National Interest Waiver (PNIW) process, the Petitioner will need to obtain a letter of support from Department of Health (DOH). Obtaining a letter of support from the Department of Health (DOH) for a PNIW involves several steps. It’s important to note that the process varies by state. Below is a […]
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  • H-1B Cap Exemptions for Physicians

    The H-1B program allows companies and other employers in the U.S. to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or higher in the specific specialty, or its equivalent. If the petition is granted, the H-1B visa will be […]
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  • 5 Essential Insights for Physician Recruiters & Hospitals on Physician Immigration

    Here are five essential insights from Berardi attorney Andrea Godfread-Brown relative to physician immigration for recruiters and hospitals. Understanding Visa Statuses of IMGs It’s crucial to know if an International Medical Graduate (IMG) holds H-1B or J-1 visa status. J-1 status necessitates a two-year return to the home country, impacting the transition to H-1B status […]
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  • Adjudication of H-1B Petitions for Nurses

    The most up to date U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy memo on the adjudication of H-1B petitions for nursing position was issued in 2015, making it still applicable today. Its purpose was to assist USCIS officers in deciding whether or not a nursing position meets the definition of a specialty occupation.  H-1B Specialty […]
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