MPS Advocacy on Proposed J-1 Visa Restrictions

The MPS signed on to comments submitted by the APA opposing a proposal from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that will eliminate “duration of status” as an authorized period of stay for certain nonimmigrant visas.  The rule “will not yield new or better information about J-1 physicians.  Instead, it will result in the considerable disruption of services at teaching hospitals where essential and life saving patient care is provided.”   Psychiatric training programs and U.S. health care generally will experience a significant negative impact if J-1 physicians are unable to continue their training.  Furthermore, implementing the proposal will contradict the President’s Executive Order on safeguarding mental health during the pandemic.  MPS and 25 other organizations joined the APA in calling on the Administration to exclude J-1 physicians from this proposed rule.  The  Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates site has a wealth of information on this topic.