Ask the Experts: Immigration Issues Affecting IMGs
The activity is designed to assist international medical graduates and their colleagues in understanding immigration laws and trends about the J-12 and H-1B visa categories, permanent resident, Visa waivers, etc. Should you have technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 1-800-621-8335. Should you have questions regarding the content of this activity please contact Carolyn Carter-Ellis at
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Ask the Experts: Immigration Issues Affecting IMGs  
Release Date: July 9, 2013
Expiration Date: March 20, 2014


At the end of this activity, physicians should be able to:

  1. Summarize the categories of immigration available to physicians who plan to receive additional training or practice medicine in the U.S.   
  2. Apply the guidelines for obtaining a green card or for U.S. naturalization purposes;
  3. Determine the appropriate waiver options for obtaining graduate medical education; and 
  4. Acquire knowledge regarding labor certification or "PERM" status for the employment-based green card process.  

Target Audience
This activity is designed for international medical graduates and other physicians who are seeking permanent residence and employment in the U.S.  

Statement of Need
This activity will provide physicians with an overview of the foundations of immigration law, requirements in the U.S. as well as establish understanding of immigration and Visa categories.  

Statement of Competency
This activity is designed to address the following ABMS/ACGME competencies: interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism. 

Accreditation Statement
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement
The American Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Receiving Your CME Credit
To claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, you must view the webinar in its entirety and complete the evaluation. 

CME Activity Planning Committee
Kathy Hinton, MEd - CME Program Committee/AMA
J. Mori Johnson, MA - Director, AMA IMG Services
Carolyn Carter-Ellis, MBA - Policy Analyst, AMA IMG Services

Robert Aronson, JD - Aronson & Associates
Kristen Harris, JD - Rubman and Harris, LLC

Disclosure Statement

The content of this activity does not relate to any product of a commercial interest as defined by the ACCME; therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to disclose for the planners or faculty.  

Hardware/software Requirements
Screen resolution of 800X600 or higher
Web Browser: MS Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher, Firefox, Opera, Safari, etc. 
Browser Plug-in: Adobe Flash Player
PDF Adobe Reader 5.0 or higher.
Audio speakers or headphones

Should you have any questions regarding the content of the activity, please contact Carolyn Carter-Ellis at

Should you have any technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 800-621-8335.

Type:  Internet Activity (Enduring Material)
Activity Price
91 Registered Users
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