Subcategory 3 (EB23): National Interest Waiver (NIW), Physician

REQUIREMENT 1. You are a physician.

REQUIREMENT 2. You have passed a U.S. medical licensing examination and are proficient in English.

REQUIREMENT 3. You agree to work full-time in the U.S. (a) for a certain period of time, (b) in certain designated medical disciplines, and (c) in certain designated underserved areas.

Clarification 1. The required period of time is usually (not always) 5 years.

Clarification 2. The designated medical disciplines are: (a) primary care (defined as general medicine, pediatrics, general internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, and psychiatry) and specialty physicians (excluding dentists, chiropractors, podiatrists, and optometrists).

Clarification. The designated underserved areas are: (a) Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), (b) Mental Health Professional Area (MHPSA - for psychiatrists only), (c) a Medically Underserved Area (MUA), (d) a Veterans Affairs facility, or (e) Physician Scarcity Area (PSA).

REQUIREMENT 4. You have a statement from a federal agency or a state department of health that has knowledge of your qualifications as a physician and that states your work will be in the public interest.

Clarification. This statement is known as 'attestation'.


Is a job offer in the U.S. required? - No.
Is Labor Certification required? - No.
Is Prevailing Wage Determination required? - No.
Is proficiency in English required? - Yes.
Is a minimum or maximum age required? - No.
Is an Affidavit of Support required? - No.
Is a proof of funds to start life in the U.S. required? - No.
Can your family members get green cards as derivative beneficiaries? - Yes.

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