Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program (EVSP)

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) ANNOUNCEMENT

The ECFMG|FAIMER Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program (EVSP) continues to provide its services and communicate to relevant stakeholders about new immigration or COVID-19 issues that impact exchange visitor physicians. Review previous COVID-19 communications here. ECFMG|FAIMER remains dedicated to supporting training programs and foreign national physicians through this challenging time.

Applying for Sponsorship

General Requirements

Selected Regulations

All applicants for ECFMG J-1 sponsorship are advised that sponsorship eligibility should not be presumed and cannot be determined until a complete review of an individual’s application has been conducted.

The J-1 exchange visitor visa is a temporary, nonimmigrant visa reserved for educational training purposes. As such, all ECFMG-sponsored physicians must accept the foundational requirements of J-1 visa status:

Prospective and current J-1 physicians can find additional information in The Spirit and Intent of the Exchange Visitor Program for Physicians learning module.

The following are key regulations outlined in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Section 22 CFR Part 62 for J-1 physicians participating in clinical training programs in the United States:

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