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How Foreign Healthcare Workers Can Relocate to the U.S.

How Foreign Healthcare Workers Can Relocate to the U.S.,,

Apply for a Visa

Today,as in the past,most travelers to the U.S.must obtain a visa.The process still includes application forms and interviews as well as the collection and cross-checking of names in a highly sophisticated inter-agency database. As a visa applicant today, it is important that you recognize that these name-checking and registration processes are necessary and crucial elements that protect our citizens and our visitors, so please allow for extra time in your planning. Because of this process, many visas take at least several weeks, but some can take longer.While individual experience may differ, here are the basic steps you should follow and what you can expect throughout the process.

Step 1: Visit

If you have access to the Internet, visit This Web site has been created to help you find the information about current visa policy and procedures quickly and easily, based on your own situation and circumstance. Whether you are a student, a sponsor, a tourist, or a business traveler, this Web site can serve as a useful first stop on your journey. There are many different types of visas, and this site can help you determine which kind you need and how to obtain it. If you do not have access to the Internet, contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for further information.

Step 2: Make an Appointment at the US Embassy or Consulate

Visa application procedures vary somewhat among Embassies and Consulates, depending on local needs. In most countries, you will need to make an appointment. This can be done by telephone, mail, over the Internet, or in person, depending on circumstances in your country.Wait times for appointments may be longer than in the past.Schedule your appointment as soon as you know you need to travel to the U.S.

Be sure to ask what fees are required and how they can be paid. Application fees are non-refundable and must be paid before your appointment.

Step 3: Get Your Documentation Ready

You will need:

• A valid passport

• Appropriate applications. These can be obtained through an Embassy or Consulate or at

• Documents to support the application detailing employment, reason for travel, and financial status.

• Proof of payment fees.

Step 4: Submit Your Application, Passport, and Supporting Documents

Submit your application, passport and other necessary documents to the US Embassy or Consulate. Your application will then be reviewed by the consular officer and,in many cases,by officials in Washington, D.C. For most applicants, the visa is issued within a few weeks. There is no guarantee of obtaining a visa.

Step 5: Complete Any Additional Reviews

In some cases, additional reviews will be required. Your information is submitted and checked in the world’s foremost security database, which includes comprehensive information drawn from both U.S. and foreign law enforcement agencies worldwide. If your name or a close variation indicates security concerns, the process will be delayed. Additional steps will vary from requests for additional interviews and information to official registration and fingerprinting.This may add at least 4–6 weeks to the processing time.

Registration upon arrival in the United States is mandatory in many cases but registration can be required in any case regardless of country of origin. See for the most current information about who is affected by this requirement.

Step 6: Port of Entry

A visa allows you to travel from your country to a port of entry in the U.S. In many cases, that port of entry will be the airport where you land.On the airplane you will be asked to complete a short arrival/departure form.

When you deplane, follow directions for non-citizen entry.

At the airport,a U.S.official will interview you and verify all of your paperwork.

Once admitted,you will receive an immigration stamp and proceed to baggage claim and U.S.Customs.

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