Graduates of international medical schools, whether American or foreign nationals, should contact the Medical Board of California for current requirements to commence postgraduate training and to receive subsequent licensure.
|Medical Board of California|
|2005 Evergreen St., Suite 1200|
|Sacramento, CA 95815|
|Phone: (916) 263-2382|
Foreign nationals must consider current visa requirements for training. Either a permanent resident card, a valid employment authorization document (EAD), or a J-1 visa sponsored through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) is required. J-1 visas allow for a maximum stay of seven years. The ECFMG may be contacted directly for visa sponsorship application information and current immigration regulations for post-graduate training. You may contact the ECFMG at:
|Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates|
|3624 Market St., 4th Floor|
|Philadelphia, PA 19104-2685|
|Phone: (215) 386-5900|
Foreign nationals without permanent residency status or other employment authorization who are U.S. medical school graduates may participate in their first year of post-graduate training with school authorized F-1 Optional Practical Training and employment authorization document (EAD) issued by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS).
Training beyond the first year requires either a J-1 visa (see above) or an H-1B visa. An H-1B visa is institution-specific and requires the host institution to petition the USCIS for sponsorship. This visa is valid for a maximum stay of six years and requires the passing of Steps I, II and III of USMLE. [Step II now includes English Proficiency.]
Foreign nationals who are graduates of international medical schools may qualify for H-1B sponsorship. In order to qualify for H-1B sponsorship, the foreign medical graduate must possess a "Post Graduate Training Authorization Letter" [previously referred to as "Applicant Status Letter"] issued by the Medical Board of California in addition to Steps I, II and III of USMLE.
For additional information, foreign nationals considering a Cedars-Sinai training program should contact:
Cedars-Sinai Visa & International Service Administration (VISA) Academic Human Resources
|Immigration and Licensing|
|Phone: (310) 423-2427|
|Fax: (310) 423-0345|
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