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Trump Administration May Stop Denying Young Doctor Visas

The Trump administration is apparently ready to begin issuing visas to allow international medical graduates into U.S. residency programs after a temporary delay – and some denials – of allowing these doctors-in-training into the country.

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), which works with residency programs, said it has “received word from a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services service center that USCIS will resume accepting AAMC resident stipend data for H-1B prevailing wage.”

“We understand the agency is working on guidance for institutions that recently received either requests for evidence or outright denials,” AAMC director of government relations & regulatory affairs Matthew Shick said. The AAMC represents 151 U.S. medical schools and nearly 400 teaching hospitals and health systems.

USCIS had no comment about when it may issue formal guidance.

Medical groups including the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Physicians had complained in a letter that the Trump administration’s scrutiny of international medical graduates who have already been accepted into U.S. residency programs led to delays and some outright denials of visas for doctors-in-training.