The Physician Immigration Handbook

The Physician Immigration Handbook

The Physician Immigration Handbook, 8th ed. (Print)
Release Date: 03/26/2024
Format Size ISBN/SKU
Print* 408 pages 978-0-9970833-9-2

Updated annually, and now in its eighth edition, authors Greg Siskind and Elissa Taub provide the most up-to-date information regarding immigration for foreign physicians in The Physician Immigration Handbook.

Physician immigration is a complicated area of U.S. immigration law, but The Physician Immigration Handbook simplifies this area in a way that is easy to follow and understand. The Handbook explains what foreign physicians need to know to apply for graduate medical training at teaching hospitals in the United States and how they can remain in the United States to pursue their careers.

The Physician Immigration Handbook follows the typical American journey for the international medical graduate (IMG). First, the Handbook reviews the application process through which physicians receive ECFMG certification, eventually leading to admittance to U.S. graduate medical training programs. Then it discusses the two major immigration pathways open to IMGs who want to come to the United States for graduate medical training: the J-1 visa and the H-1B visa.

The Handbook walks the reader through training to post-training work, then on to permanent residency (the “green card” process), and ultimately to U.S. citizenship. It even delves into employment issues, such as layoffs, mergers, and acquisitions, while also discussing special benefits available to foreign physicians in the U.S. military.

The Handbook includes 24 chapters in an easy-to-follow, question-and-answer format:

  • Qualifying for Graduate Medical Training in the United States
  • The J-1 and the H-1B Visas
  • Seeking a Visitor Visa to Pursue Graduate Medical Training
  • J-1 Visas for Graduate Medical Training
  • The J-1 Home-Residency Requirement
  • Conrad 30 Waivers
  • 'Public Interest’ Waivers
  • Hardship and Persecution Waivers
  • The H-1B Visa Process
  • Cap-Exemption Strategies for the H-1B Visa
  • H-4 Family Members Accompanying an H-1B Visa Holder
  • Consular Processing of Nonimmigrant Visas
  • Lawful Permanent Residency
  • Obtaining Permanent Residency through PERM Labor Certification
  • National Interest Waivers
  • Other Paths to Achieving Permanent Residency
  • Obtaining U.S. Citizenship
  • The Impact of Employment Termination
  • The Impact of Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Immigration and the Locum Tenens
  • The Role of Physician Recruiters
  • Special Issues Affecting Canadian Physicians
  • Hiring an Immigration Attorney

The Handbook also includes numerous helpful appendices and charts, plus sample questionnaires:

  • Resources and Websites of Interest
  • Physician Licensing Requirements by State
  • Physician National Interest Waiver Chart
  • Preliminary Immigration Questionnaires for Physicians and Physician Employers
  • J-1 Interested Government Agency Physician Waiver Flowchart
  • Flowchart for Physicians on Training H-1Bs
  • Conrad 30 State Chart

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Greg Siskind is a founding partner of Siskind Susser PC and is one of America’s best known immigration attorneys. Siskind Susser ( has one of the largest healthcare immigration practices in the United States and represents many of the nation’s hospitals and healthcare systems across the country, as well as smaller healthcare employers, individual healthcare professionals, and other medical institutions. Greg is a past chair of the International Medical Graduate Taskforce (IMG Taskforce) (, a physician immigration bar organization in the United States. Greg also serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association ( Greg is a man of many firsts. He created the first immigration law firm website in 1994 followed by the first lawyer blog in 1997. He also was the first immigration lawyer ever to grace the cover of the American Bar Association Journal. And he is one of the first immigration lawyers to develop artificial intelligence-based software applications for clients. Greg has been practicing law since 1990. He received his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and his law degree from the University of Chicago.

Elissa J. Taub is a partner of Siskind Susser PC, where she leads the firm’s healthcare immigration practice group. She handles a variety of immigration matters for doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. Her practice also includes immigration processes for individuals in the sports, entertainment, and fashion industries. Elissa has authored many articles, spoken at conferences related to physician and healthcare immigration, and is regularly invited by clients to present on immigration matters. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and has served on several committees. Elissa is listed as a Corporate Immigration Thought Leader in the Who’s Who in Corporate Immigration. She earned her law degree from Villanova University School of Law in Villanova, PA, where she graduated magna cum laude, Order of the Coif. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis.