Thursday, May 17, 2012
Monday, October 17, 2011
Physicians from designated countries on the J-1 visa are required to return to their home country to fulfill a two year home residency requirement. Until this requirement is met, the physicians may not change to H-1B visa status or apply to become a legal permanent resident. One waiver for the two year home residency requirement is the “State 30” program. This program provides foreign doctors on the J-1 visa the option of working for three years in an underserved area in lieu of returning home for the two year period. The hospitals are stationed in remote rural areas of the U.S. where there is a shortage of doctors. Once the physician has successfully completed the program, the physician may apply for legal permanent residence.
To qualify, the foreign physician must work for three years in federally-designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA), Medically Underserved Areas/Population (MUA/Ps), or serve population from these underserved areas. Each state has up to thirty spots to fill. The selection process is very competitive as the hospitals seek the best doctors. Physicians that have prevailed through the program and have obtained permanent documentation, often choose to stay in these remote areas because of the extreme need.
For more information on the State 30 program in New York State please see this link.
For more information on specific physician experiences please see this link for a BBC article on the subject.
Monday, October 3, 2011
CUNY CitizenshipNow! is offering free legal assistance with naturalization applications to those who meet the citizenship requirements on Saturday, October 15, 2011 from 11:00 AM to 2 PM. The event is first come, first serve and is limited to the first 150 people that arrive. Vanesa I. Pagan, along with other experienced lawyers, will be on hand to provide guidance and assist with the application process.
The event will be held at the gymnasium of the Elmcor Youth & Adult Activities Building located at 33-16 108th Street, Corona, NY 11368. The entrance is on 108th Street, between 34th Avenue and Northern Blvd. For further information, please see the official website for Citizenship Now! or call 718-651-1917x 206.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Japanese nationals and other nationals from the Pacific in need of additional authorized time that are traveling under the Visa Waiver Program should contact the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office at the airport or visit the nearest USCIS office.
Japanese nationals and other nationals from the Pacific in need of additional authorized time that are under a nonimmigrant visa should contact an immigration attorney for assistance or visit a local USCIS office with a valid passport, an I-94 card, and itinerary for the cancelled flight or other evidence of being stranded.
The nearest USCIS office may be found through this link to the USCIS Service and Office Locator.
Additional information regarding this relief may be found through this link to the USCIS website.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Vanesa I. Pagan, will be supervising a team and providing legal services at the event on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Dates: Monday, April 26th through Friday, April 30th
Time: 9 AM to 7 PM
English Hotline: 212-330-6505
Spanish Hotline: 212-330-6506
For other languages, please call the English hotline and ask the volunteer for additional language availability.
For further information, please click here for the Daily News article.