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Physician Visas: What You Need To Know Now

by Gregory Siskind, et al.

Editor's Note: The following are the materials for this seminar.

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From Greg Siskind

USCIS Announces Processing Changes For 212e Waivers

Guidance on Determining Periods of Admission for Aliens

From Eleanor Fitzpatrick


ECFMG Certification

Certification Verification Service

Electronic Residency Application Service

Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program


Applicants in the Matching Program 2000 – 2006

Positions Offered and Percent Filled By U.S. Seniors and All Applicants 2002 - 2006

From Suzanne B. Seltzer

The following is an update on the processing of I-612s at VSC:

As of October 10, 2006, the VSC is adjudicating all (for the entire country) I-612 waivers initially filed with the Department of State on the basis of No Objection, an Interested Government Agency request, or an agreement reached with a State Department of Health for a Conrad 30 slot. The G-28 information, the data sheet information, the decision, the basis for the waiver, and the date of the Department of State recommendation are now transmitted to the VSC via electronic data transfer. The data is used to populate CLAIMS 3 (including the G-28 information). A receipt notice is generated and most cases are adjudicated “paperless” to completion with the issuance of an approval notice. Denials, Conrad 30 State physician waivers, IGA physician waivers, and selected other cases are converted to a paper file and adjudicated in the same manner as in the past.

The G-28 information is in our system and is visible to the information officer or any service officer who views it. However, since the G-28 is not scanned, there is no paper G-28 even in those files that are converted to a paper file, but the related G-28 information is on the data sheet printout which is contained in the file. Since the G-28 information is transferred to our systems via electronic data transfer, this should correct the issue of the G-28 being separated from the waiver.

As a follow-up, we understand that DOS is now sending advance notification of DOS recommendations by email? How does this affect VSC’s process? Will VSC issue an I-612 based on the email notification? Does that notification include a scanned G-28? If not, how will VSC decide where to send the I-612?

The Department of State does not send advance notification of DOS recommendations to the VSC by Email.

Please note, all I-612s filed directly with USCIS on November 1, 2006 or later on the basis of Hardship or Persecution, are sent to the California Service Center for adjudication. The VSC will continue to process all such applications that are still pending at our Service Center filed prior to November 1, 2006, in the usual manner.

From Barry Walker

ARC website:
DRA website:
HHS website:
VA Waiver Manual:

Extenuating Circumstances Statute: INA §214(l)(c)(2)

Extenuating Circumstances Regulations: 8 CFR 212.7(c)(9)(iv-vi).

September 8, 2006 AAO Decision, Re: H-1B cap AILA Doc.# 06091161

USCIS memorandum by Michael Aytes, dated June 6, 2006, Re; H-1B cap AILA Document# 06060861

From Joseph Curran

February 14, 2006 memo from USCIS (Guidance for Schedule A Blanket Labor Certifications effective February 14, 2006). This can be found on the AILA website as doc # 06021661.

From Chris Musillo

If any attorney is interested in joining the Coalition to Improve Healthcare Staffing, please visit: The Coalition has been around since 2004 . The group has two aims:

1. Knowledge resource- we have an email list-serv for questions, etc. about healthcare immigration cases. From time to time we also sponsor phone conferences.

2. Legislative initiatives -- we're currently pushing a bill to help end retrogression for Schedule A cases. The coalition seeks to have the Brownback amendment passed or other legislation to end nurse retrogression.

There is no formal charge right now for membership. We do expect that members will donate some time to lobbying efforts and answering other attorneys' questions. Generally the lobbying consists of coaxing your clients to contact their representatives to push for Healthcare Immigration reform. If you have any questions about the CTIHS, please contact Chris Musillo

About The Author

Gregory Siskind, et al. are the speakers of the Physician Visas: What You Need To Know Now seminar

The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of ILW.COM.