Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program (EVSP)

About EVSP

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.

Supporting Documentation Checklists

Application TypeWhen to Use
Initial ECFMG sponsorship in an ACGME-accredited clinical training program. View checklist.Applicant is not currently sponsored by ECFMG and seeks to engage in an ACGME-accredited training program.
Continuation of ECFMG sponsorship in an ACGME-accredited clinical training program. View checklist.Applicant is currently sponsored by ECFMG and seeks to engage in an ACGME-accredited training program.
Initial ECFMG sponsorship in a non-standard clinical training program. View checklist.Applicant is not currently sponsored by ECFMG and seeks to engage in a “non-standard” training program.
Continuation of ECFMG sponsorship in a non-standard clinical training program. View checklist.Applicant is currently sponsored by ECFMG and seeks to engage in a “non-standard” training program.
Initial ECFMG sponsorship in research scholar/non-clinical programs of observation, consultation, teaching, or research. View checklist.Applicant is not currently sponsored by ECFMG and seeks to engage in a non-clinical research program with either no or incidental patient care.
Continuation of ECFMG sponsorship in research scholar/non-clinical programs of observation, consultation, teaching, or research. View checklist.Applicant is currently sponsored by ECFMG in a non-clinical research program and seeks to continue participation in a non-clinical research program with either no or incidental patient care.
Continuation of ECFMG sponsorship to sit for an ABMS member board examination. View checklist.Applicant is currently sponsored by ECFMG and seeks an extension of sponsorship to sit for an ABMS member board exam.

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