Bill introduced to attract foreign doctors to America
Washington, Jun 8 (PTI) A bipartisan group of influential lawmakers has announced to reintroduce a bill that seeks to attract foreign doctors to work in the country’s rural areas to address the US physician shortage. is.
This move will benefit thousands of Indian doctors who are already living in the US and also those doctors who want to come to the US. With the reintroduction of the ‘Conrad State 30 and Physician Axis Reauthorization Act’, foreign physicians who have completed their residency training program will be able to continue to stay here provided they serve in areas where there is a shortage of doctors.
Several lawmakers, including Senator Jackie Rosen, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP), have re-introduced the bill, a media release said on Monday. A similar bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by MP Brad Schneider.
Currently, physicians from other countries working in the US on ‘J-1’ visas are required to return home for two years after the end of the residency training program. After that they can apply for Visa or Green Card. However, under the ‘Conrad State 30 and Physician Access Reauthorization Act’ foreign doctors will be able to stay in the US and not return home if they agree to serve for three years in a community that has a shortage of doctors.
The number “30” in the Bill means such number of doctors from each state can participate in the programme. It would also allow the spouses of doctors to work and it would also provide employee protection to doctors to protect them from abuse. The bill is drafted as an amendment to the Comprehensive Migrant Bill, which was passed by the Senate in 2013.
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