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Physicians and Physician Employers: What are Your Options when there are No More J-1 Waivers?

International Medical Graduates (IMG) who are subject to the J-1 home residency requirement, and their employers, will find that the demand for J-1 waivers has consistently exceeded supply. While federal agencies can grant an unlimited number of Interested Government Agency (IGA) waivers year-round, they have restrictions on geographical territory and practice areas. Coupled with the high demand for H-1B specialty occupation visas for cap-subject employers, physicians and their employers are left looking for alternatives to practice in the U.S.

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Navigating Delays in the PERM Labor Certification Process

The PERM labor certification process is a critical step for foreign nationals seeking to obtain permanent residency in the United States through employment-based sponsorship. However, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) processing times for PERM applications have increased substantially in recent years, causing frustration and uncertainty for applicants and their employers alike. While PERM can be a challenging process, having a better understanding of the current processing timelines can help to manage expectations and alleviate stress throughout the process.

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USCIS Announces Premium Processing; New Online-Filing Procedures for Certain F-1 Students Seeking OPT or STEM OPT Extensions

Effective March 6, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept paper or online filing of Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing for certain F-1 students with a pending Form…