- Possess a degree in medicine;
- Possess an unrestricted license to practice medicine in a foreign state;
- Pass the Federal Licensing Examination (FLEX I and II) or the USMLE Steps I, II and III;
- Demonstrate competence in oral and written English by successfully completing the English language proficiency exam given by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG); and
- Such candidates must also possess an unrestricted license or other authorization to practice medicine in the state of intended employment in the United States.
It is noted that the H-1B visa may be extended for up to 6 years. Further extensions are available under certain circumstances. H-1B visas are employer-specific and subject to annual numerical limitations.
J-1 Visas For Residency Programs and/or Fellowships
Foreign Medical graduates who have not completed Step III of the USMLE do not qualify for the H-1B visa but may pursue their residency training using a J-1 visa.