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Foreign Medical Graduates

Foreign Medical Graduates (FMGs) are not permitted to enter the U.S. as immigrants if they are coming to the U.S. principally to perform services as a member of the medical profession. There are exceptions if the FMG as follows:

  1. possesses a certificate from the Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) on the basis of passing parts I and II of the National Board of Medical Examiners Examination, or steps 1-2 of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), is competent in oral and written English established by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and the Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) examination. In order to take the CSA an applicant need first to pass Step 1 of the USMLE and the TOEFL; or
  2. is a doctor of national or international renown; or
  3. is a graduate of accredited medical school in U.S. (including Puerto Rico and Canada); or
  4. not entering U.S. to perform medical services; or
  5. entering the US as professor; or
  6. enters as immediate relative or as relative under preference system; or
  7. enters as a refugee or asylee; or
  8. under the Diversity Visa (DV) lottery program; or
  9. any other provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act in which the basis for immigration is other than employment as a physician.
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