Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program (EVSP)
COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) ANNOUNCEMENT
The ECFMG|FAIMER Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program (EVSP) continues to review and process J-1 visa sponsorship applications, including those of foreign national physicians seeking initial sponsorship to enter the United States to begin a training program on July 1, 2020. Please submit your applications as early as possible to help prevent delays. We will contact Training Program Liaisons (TPLs) and current J-1 physicians about any new developments, including updates on visa issuance at U.S. embassies and consulates, directly via e-mail and will post updates on our website. ECFMG|FAIMER is actively pursuing solutions to support training programs and foreign national physicians through this challenging time.
For J-1 Applicants/Physicians
On-line Applications for Physicians
Foreign national physicians, including international medical graduates (IMGs) and graduates of U.S. and Canadian medical schools, seeking to apply for ECFMG J-1 visa sponsorship must work with the authorized Training Program Liaison (TPL) at the teaching hospital or research institution to submit a complete on-line application to ECFMG. J-1 sponsorship is tied to an official contract or letter of agreement for a full-time position in a GME training or research program. A signed offer must be in place prior to applying to ECFMG for visa sponsorship.
To streamline the collection and maintenance of accurate J-1 physician records, ECFMG utilizes an on-line application system. For information on the on-line sponsorship application process, please review the following FAQs.
Physician Application FAQs
1. How does the on-line J-1 sponsorship application process work?
Both the teaching hospital’s TPL and J-1 applicant are responsible for electronic submission of their respective portions of the on-line J-1 sponsorship application. Appointment profile details and supporting documentation are submitted to ECFMG on-line by TPLs through the Exchange Visitor Network (EVNet). J-1 applicants are then notified by e-mail that an on-line application has been initiated on their behalf. The e-mail includes instructions on how to use OASIS to verify acceptance of the electronic appointment agreement, provide mandatory personal and immigration data to ECFMG, and upload any required supporting documentation not uploaded by the TPL. Once the TPL and the applicant have submitted the required information and uploaded all required supporting documentation, ECFMG proceeds with the evaluation of the J-1 sponsorship application.
2. What is EVNet?
EVNet is the “Exchange Visitor Network,” a web-based system developed by ECFMG for on-line submission of applicant and appointment information. Access to EVNet is limited to authorized TPLs at accredited teaching hospitals and research institutions.
3. How does an “initial applicant” for J-1 sponsorship submit an on-line application?
Only a TPL can initiate a sponsorship application. The TPL must have the applicant’s USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number to initiate the application. Applicants who do not currently have a USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number must follow the instructions below to request one. The applicant must then provide the TPL with the Identification Number once it is issued by ECFMG.
REQUESTING A USMLE/ECFMG ID: U.S. and Canadian medical school graduates who do not have a USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number must contact ECFMG to request one before a TPL can initiate a sponsorship application through EVNet. To do so, the applicant must contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the information listed below. TPLs are not permitted to request a USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number on behalf of an applicant.
Information required to request a USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number from EVSP:
- Full name of applicant physician
- Date of birth (mm/dd/yr)
- E-mail address
- Name and country of medical school
4. What are the steps in the application process?
- TPL submits an on-line appointment profile through EVNet.
- For each applicant, TPL uploads the necessary supporting documents through EVNet.
- Through OASIS, applicant accepts on-line appointment profile, pays the administrative/application fee, completes the electronic application, and uploads any required supporting documentation not uploaded by the TPL.
- ECFMG reviews application.
- If the application is approved, ECFMG sends DS-2019 to TPL.
NOTE: Supporting documents uploaded through EVNet or OASIS must be in Portable Document Format (PDF), and files must be uploaded one at a time. Faxed documentation is also accepted, although upload of all supporting documentation through EVNet and/or OASIS is preferred.
5. Can documentation in support of an application be uploaded to ECFMG prior to creation of appointment details for the applicant in EVNet?
Documentation in support of an application should only be uploaded after the TPL creates appointment details for the applicant in EVNet.
6. What supporting documentation is required with a sponsorship application?
Application requirements vary according to program type. Therefore, applicants must carefully review the application checklist provided through OASIS at the time the appointment profile is accepted.
7. How will I know which documents a TPL has uploaded in support of my application?
Applicants are able to view a listing of supporting documents that have been uploaded by a TPL by logging into OASIS and viewing the “Documents Submissions” tab. Document uploaded by a TPL should not be again uploaded by an applicant.
8. Can an applicant apply for a sponsorship extension to sit for an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) member board examination?
Yes. Applicants seeking an extension of sponsorship to sit for an ABMS member board examination are no longer under an appointment profile at a teaching hospital. As a result, the application process does not require a TPL to initiate an on-line application through EVNet. Instead, applicants seeking continued sponsorship to sit for an ABMS member board examination should login to OASIS and click on the “Board” field. Once the “Board” field is chosen, instructions for submission of the on-line application and required supporting documentation are provided.