VISASHealthcare and Physicians
-“Are you a foreign-born doctor who wants to work in the United States?”
-“Are you a foreign born doctor who completed your residency or fellowship in the United States and is wondering about your next steps?”
-“Do you want to have good quality representation that will take care of all the details for you so that you will not have to worry about your case getting delayed or denied?”
-“Are you a busy doctor that wants an attorney who will take care of you as well as you take care of your patients?”
If so, let Weinstock Immigration Lawyers help you with all your immigration paperwork and regulatory issues so that you can focus on what is really important – caring for patients.
Our top-rated immigration law firm specializes in providing the highest quality immigration solutions to physicians and researchers. With more than 35 years combined experience, our skilled lawyers regularly represent foreign medical graduate physicians, researchers and other healthcare professionals in obtaining work visas and green cards.
We have completed hundreds of successful cases for our clients in the healthcare industry. Our specialized experience has given us unique insight on how best to serve our healthcare professional clients. We have a holistic understanding of immigration laws and how they affect physicians and hospitals. We know how to address common needs such as filing for J-1 waivers, obtaining H-1B visas in times when the cap is exhausted, and petitioning for green cards when the Department of Labor (DOL) increases its PERM audits and denial rates.
We are sensitive to your busy schedule. We know you may not have time to educate yourself on all of the details involved in obtaining the work visa and later the green card. Our goal is to provide you with your best results by leveraging our expertise to deliver you the highest quality immigration counsel. You will receive warm, personalized service by an immigration attorney every step of the way.
3 Questions Physicians Commonly Ask
1. When should I start looking for an employer?
As early as possible. If you are on a J-1 visa, you will need to file for a waiver before the end of your residency, so you should start in your second year and sometimes even at the end of your first year. However, we know it is not always feasible to start this early. Talk to one of our immigration attorneys about what is the right thing for you.
2. How long does the process take?
It depends on your individual circumstances. Some cases may take only a few days or weeks to process while other cases may take months. Therefore, it is really important to have a quality immigration attorney who knows how to effectively maneuver the regulatory issues that affect physicians, evaluate your case, and give you a complete strategy from start to finish that will work for you.
3. Is the process expensive, and who pays for it: me or the hospital?
Although retaining a quality immigration attorney who knows how to effectively maneuver the regulatory issues that affect physicians and get reliable and fast results costs money, it is not as much as you may think. In many cases, the hospital will pay for our services, but it depends on your particular circumstances and what you are able to negotiate. Even if you have to pay for some of the process, the cost will be offset by the fact that you will obtain a highly paid job more quickly. One month of delay in your visa will cost you at least $10,000 in lost salary if you are a primary-care physician. It will cost you a lot more if you are a specialist.
Depending on your visa, you may be asked to leave the country in order to re-enter at a later date. If your immigration needs are not handled correctly, you may be stuck outside the country until certain provisions are met – which is just not worth the hassle to you after all you have invested here.
Our experienced immigration lawyers can assist you with the following:
- Helping physicians and other healthcare professionals to obtain H-1B visas.
- Helping entrepreneur physicians to obtain investor visas.
- Helping research doctors and extraordinary-ability physicians to obtain O visas.
- Helping physicians obtain J-1 visa waivers based on Conrad 30, IGA waivers, hardship waivers, persecution waivers, and research-based waivers.
- Helping with obtaining green cards through EB-1 extraordinary ability or outstanding professors and researchers.
- Obtaining Labor certifications (PERM) and EB-2 employment-based immigrant visas.
- Helping physicians who perform research self-petition for a National Interest Waiver.
- Helping to secure temporary work visas and permanent green cards for physicians.If you are ready to start the immigration process, or if you have additional questions about the process, call our office today. We will help you determine the best strategy for your case and avoid common problems that can lead to delays and denials.