Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program (EVSP)


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

J-1 Physician

Physicians sponsored as Exchange Visitors for participation in accredited clinical programs or directly associated fellowship programs of graduate medical education or training are categorized as J-1 “(alien) physicians.” Training must be undertaken at an ACGME-accredited institution.

ALIEN PHYSICIAN (Clinical Training Program): As defined in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations: An “alien physician is...a foreign medical graduate seeking to pursue graduate medical education or training at accredited schools or medical or scientific institutions” [22CFR62.27(a)]. The term graduate medical education is further defined as “a program in which the alien physician will receive graduate medical education or training, which generally consists of a residency or fellowship program involving health care services to patients, but does not include programs involving observation, consultation, teaching or research in which there is no or only incidental patient care. This program may consist of a medical specialty or a directly related medical subspecialty or both...” [22CFR62.2].

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