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America offers VISAs for doctors, nurses, medical professionals to fight COVID-19

America offers VISAs for doctors, nurses, medical professionals to fight COVID-19. The United States’s Department of State has offered work Visas and Exchange Visitor Visas for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who qualify to work in the US. The US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs is encouraging medical professionals from across the world to apply for Visas to the United States as the number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in the US skyrocket.

At the time of publishing, the United States has the highest number of coronavirus cases ever recorded with a massive 142, 793 cases. This is almost double the number of official cases recorded in China, where Wuhan was the epicentre of the virus.

However, the US seems to be targeting doctors and health care professionals who are already in the United States but do not have the requisite authorisations to work there. In a notice on their official website, the Bureau of Consular Affairs wrote,

Update on Visas for Medical Professionals
We encourage medical professionals with an approved U.S. non-immigrant or immigrant visa petition (I-129, I-140, or similar) or a certificate of eligibility in an approved exchange visitor program (DS-2019), particularly those working to treat or mitigate the effects of COVID-19, to review the website of their nearest embassy or consulate for procedures to request a visa appointment.

For those foreign medical professionals already in the United States:

J-1 Alien Physicians (medical residents) may consult with their program sponsor, ECFMG, to extend their programs in the United States. Generally, a J-1 program for a foreign medical resident can be extended one year at a time for up to seven years.

Note that the expiration date on a U.S. visa does not determine how long one can be in the United States. The way to confirm one’s required departure date is here:

Those who need to extend their stay or adjust their visa status must apply with USCIS. Their website is here:

Source – iHarare

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