The article has been automatically translated into English by Google Translate from Russian and has not been edited.
Переклад цього матеріалу українською мовою з російської було автоматично здійснено сервісом Google Translate, без подальшого редагування тексту.
Bu məqalə Google Translate servisi vasitəsi ilə avtomatik olaraq rus dilindən azərbaycan dilinə tərcümə olunmuşdur. Bundan sonra mətn redaktə edilməmişdir.

The United States announced its readiness to issue visas to foreign doctors: why this led to a scandal

On March 26, the US State Department announced its readiness to issue visas to medical professionals specializing in the fight against COVID-19, having published the corresponding statement on its official website. This caused a flurry of criticism on social networks around the world - as a result, the text of the statement was rewritten.

Photo: Shutterstock

Initially, the statement looked like this: “We call on medical professionals who want to get a job in the United States on a work visa or as part of an exchange program (category H or J), especially those working in the [anti-] COVID-19 area, to contact with your nearest US embassy or consulate to schedule a visa interview. ”

As the newspaper noted The Washington PostThe State Department’s report caused a flurry of criticism from social media users around the world. They accused "the US government of indulging a potentially dangerous" brain drain "among doctors and other healthcare providers from countries with weaker healthcare systems."

Others noted that under normal conditions obtaining such work permits in the United States could take years, and were outraged by how sharply the American authorities changed their attitude when the country was in danger of spreading coronavirus.

After that, the State Department changed the text of the notification. The new version no longer spoke about those specialists who want to get a job, but about the doctors who were invited to the country by American employers.

On the subject: H-1B Work Visas for 2021: USCIS Launches Full Application Process

“The announcement of the termination of the provision of visa services on a regular basis in the world raised questions as to whether medical specialists with J / H visas are allowed to enter the United States and remain in the country. Trying to quickly respond and provide instructions to those who submit applications, the consular bureau published a notice on the website explaining that such medical workers with approved petitions [from employers] can continue processing, ”explained TASS at the State Department.

“We acknowledge that our initial notice was not clearly worded, and we have since updated it to make it clear that this applies only to applicants who have an approved petition from an employer in the United States, or to those who participate in certified exchange programs.” , - declared in the American foreign policy department.

Now the text looks like this:

“We encourage healthcare professionals with an approved petition to issue a non-immigrant or immigrant visa to the United States (I-129 or I-140 with a current priority date or similar) or a certificate of participation in an approved visitor exchange program (DS-2019), in particular those who are working on the treatment or mitigation of COVID-19, look at the website of your nearest embassy or consulate for procedures to request a visa interview. ”

On the subject: What to do if you need to submit biometric data for a visa, but USCIS centers are closed

For those foreign medical professionals who are already in the United States:

J-1 foreign physicians can consult with their program sponsor, ECFMG, to extend their stay in the United States. As a rule, the J-1 program for a foreign medical resident can be extended for one year at a time - and up to seven years in general.

Please note that the expiration date for a U.S. visa does not determine how long you can stay in the United States. You can determine the required departure date link.

Those who need to extend their stay or change their visa status should contact USCIS by visiting special page.

The suspension of the provision of regular visa services at US embassies and consulates in most countries of the world was announced on March 18 amid the worsening situation with the new coronavirus. Moreover, as the representative of the State Department explained to TASS then, “to the extent possible, the embassy and consulate will continue to provide visa services related to urgent and emergency situations.”

In the U.S. US visa coronavirus Special Projects

Read also on ForumDaily:

'Nerves can not stand': the ordeal of Russians at the airport in New York continues

'Hardest week': peak coronavirus mortality begins in the US

California announced a massive set of doctors to combat the epidemic COVID-19

COVID-19 - a disease of loneliness: a Russian-speaking nurse told what is happening in New York hospitals

Let's face the crisis together and support each other

No one in the world expected a coronavirus pandemic, but she came in disrupting the usual rhythm of life and work of billions of people, causing panic and uncertainty about tomorrow.

ForumDaily also faced financial difficulties due to the loss of some advertisers due to the economic downturn and quarantine. But we are not reducing the number of materials and the mode of operation, since we want our readers to receive timely and up-to-date information in this difficult time. In addition, we support Local small businesses in the USA that suffer the most.

But ForumDaily is also a small business. Despite the loss of part of the income, we are doing our best to ensure that you are informed and armed with all the necessary knowledge to counter the pandemic and resolve other important issues during quarantine.

To maintain this rhythm of work, we need your help. We will be grateful for any amount that you are willing to allot to support our team.

Let's face the crisis together!

Security of contributions is guaranteed by the use of the highly secure Stripe system.

Always yours, ForumDaily!

Do you want more important and interesting news about life in the USA and immigration to America? Subscribe to our page in Facebook. Choose the option "Priority in the show" - and read us first. And don't forget to subscribe to ForumDaily Woman and ForumDaily New York - there you will find a lot of interesting and positive information.

1036 requests in 1,845 seconds.