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.
Application Process for Physicians and Hosts
On-line Applications Overview
ECFMG has an integrated on-line application system designed to reflect the specific roles in the application process. Graduate medical education (GME) appointment profile details are submitted to ECFMG on-line by TPLs through the Exchange Visitor Network (EVNet). J-1 applicants use OASIS to verify acceptance of an appointment profile and provide mandatory personal and immigration data to ECFMG. Once both parties have submitted the required on-line information and all supporting documentation, ECFMG proceeds with an evaluation of sponsorship eligibility.
The Training Program Liaison System Access, EVNet
EVNet is an on-line application system designed for designated TPLs for the submission of appointment details, the upload of supporting documentation, and the management of the J-1 sponsorship process. An official contract or letter of offer must be signed by the program and J-1 applicant prior to initiating an on-line sponsorship application through EVNet.
The Physician Applicant System Access, OASIS
OASIS is ECFMG’s web-based information system used by ECFMG applicants and ECFMG-certified physicians. J-1 applicants use the “J-1 Visa Sponsorship” section of OASIS to provide ECFMG with information required for sponsorship. Once an authorized TPL has initiated a J-1 visa sponsorship application in EVNet by submitting official training appointment profile details, individual J-1 applicants are directed by e-mail to complete their portion of the on-line application in OASIS. Through OASIS, applicants can also submit any supporting documentation necessary to complete the application and track the status of a pending application.
ECFMG Records and U.S. Government Database, SEVIS
Once a J-1 visa sponsorship application is complete and all regulatory requirements are satisfied, ECFMG creates an electronic record for the J-1 applicant and each J-2 dependent in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). SEVIS is a database jointly administered by the U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security. ECFMG issues Form DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status, through SEVIS to confirm J-1 sponsorship approval.
ECFMG, as a non-governmental organization, has no authority to issue visas or confer visa status. If seeking ECFMG-sponsored J-1 visa status for the first time, a foreign national physician with an initial SEVIS record and an original Form DS-2019 must apply for a J-1 visa at a U.S. consulate abroad (or, in the United States, for J-1 visa status through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services). Those applicants who are extending J-1 sponsorship through ECFMG and are already participating in a program of GME (or research for “J-1 Research Scholars”) may continue their training based on the updated Form DS-2019 reflecting their new end date, provided Form I-94 remains valid.