Today Senators Klobuchar, Collins, Heitkamp urged U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) to Continue Premium Processing for Doctors Participating in the Conrad 30 Program. These Senators have championed the fight for strong immigration policies for International Medical Graduates (“IMGT”) and we are thrilled to see their leadership on this issue.
On Friday, March 3, USCIS announced that as of April 3, 2017 it would temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B Petitions. This announcement has a dramatic impact on IMGTs, which includes those seeking to begin medical training on July 1, and those seeking to begin employment in rural and underserved communities across the nation through the Conrad J-1 waiver program. It remains unknown what USCIS will do in response to this public call for a change in policy for IMGTs, but SPS Immigration applauds Senators Klobuchar, Collins, Heitkamp in their continued leadership regarding IMGT immigration matters that directly improve the provision of healthcare in the U.S.
Please contact SPS Immigration is you have questions regarding how the premium processing suspension may impact your situation.