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June 2012 Archives

International Medical Graduates (IMG) Law Poses Potential Threat to US Residency Programs

A law intended to increase the public’s access to medical care in medically underserved areas (MUA) and Health Professional Shortage Areas (HSPA) has been passed in Texas and New York. Unfortunately, it seems as though the law will have disadvantageous results despite its beneficent intentions.

Acts Propose Greater Opportunities For Immigrant Graduates and Entrepreneurs

The need for higher-skilled graduates and entrepreneurs is currently immense, not just in the United States, but internationally. With the strict immigration policy the US has, however, corporations and academia have very little access to this talent and immigrants have even less access to potentially beneficial business and educational opportunities. The US currently caps the number of H-1B visas issued annually to 65,000. These visas are issued to those immigrants who are able to bring highly specialized knowledge, talent, and experience in various theoretical and practical fields. In order to gauge how small of a number 65,000 really is, it should be noted that in 2008, this quota was met the first day it was offered. Similarly, the quota of the 20,000 H-1B visas that are offered to foreign students graduating from master’s or doctorate programs annually, was also filled on the first day it was offered in 2008. Senators Jerry Moran, R-KS, and Mark Warner, D-VA have introduced the Startup Act in order to ensure the utmost efficiency in regard to higher-skilled graduates and entrepreneurs.

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