H1b Visa Criteria

An international medical graduate candidate for residency in the Department of Medicine may be eligible for an H1b visa if the following criteria are met:


The candidate has passed all 3 steps of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) by March 17, 2023 (Match Day).

Please note: graduates of U.S. medical schools who seek an H-1B visa will NOT need to have their Step 3 score in place in order to qualify for OPT (F-1 visa extension) or a subsequent transfer to H-1B status.


The candidate has done one or more of the following:

    • Demonstrated scholarly accomplishment as evidenced by publication of original research in one or more peer-reviewed journals.
    • Completed postgraduate training in his or her home institution.
    • Received an advanced degree (e.g., MPH, MSc).
    • Received a high ranking in his or her medical school class.
    • Submitted exceptional letters of recommendation from an academic institution in which he or she has had a meaningful experience in direct patient care or as a research coordinator.

Clinical experience in the United States (either as a visiting medical student or as a recipient of a postgraduate externship) with a letter of support from the responsible faculty attending physician is desirable. This is less of an issue for candidates who have trained in countries whose medical education system is comparable to that of the United States (e.g., the United Kingdom) or in institutions known to have a model of U.S. training (e.g., Aga Khan University, American University of Beirut).