The US Department of State has asked medical professionals seeking to work in America to apply for a work visa at the nearest US Embassy as the country overtook China and Italy epicenter of coronavirus disease.
The call is part of measures to strengthen the health system to contain the coronavirus pandemic in the country as 63,570 people have been infected with the virus and nearly 884 have died in states.The biggest outbreaks were confirmed in New York, New Jersey and California.
US Department of State shared a tweet in which it encouraged medical professionals seeking work in the US on a work or exchange visitor visa (H or J), particularly those working on COVID-19 issues to contact the nearest U.S. Embassy/ Consulate for a visa appointment.
The statement read, “We encourage medical professionals seeking to work in the United States on a work or exchange visitor, particularly those working to treat or mitigate the effects of COVID-19, to reach out to the nearest embassy or consulate to request a visa appointment.
“For those foreign medical professionals already in the United States:
“J-1 Alien Physicians (medical residents) may consult with their programme sponsor, ECFMG, to extend their programmes in the United States. Generally, a J-1 program for a foreign medical resident can be extended one year at a time for up to seven years.”