Joint letter signed by AHA, AAMC, AMA, ACGME, The Match and ECFMG sent to the Department of Homeland Security today opposing a proposed rule change to the "duration of status" for foreign national physicians. This letter that was also copied to a select member of Congress.
October 9, 2020
The Honorable Chad F. Wolf
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528
As leading organizations in medical education and health care, we are greatly concerned about the rule change proposed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that would change the process to extend the period of authorized stay in the United States for certain categories of nonimmigrants by eliminating "duration of status.” We urge you to exclude foreign national physicians in the Department of State’s (DOS) Exchange Visitor Program in J-1 visa status from this rule change. This exclusion is necessary in order to avoid very serious negative and unintended consequences for the delivery of health care services to patients at teaching hospitals across the United States. This is especially critical at a time when our health care system is already under incredible strain due to the COVID-19 pandemic and facing an alarming long-term physician shortage.
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