Every IMGS and FMGs must apply for a state license in the state/s they intend to practice. The initial State Licensure requirements will vary depending on the state and will require the applicants to have completed step 3 either before or during the 1-3 year residency training in the US.
International Medical Graduates who wish to enter the US for Residency training/graduate medical education must obtain a visa that permits clinical training. IMGs who do not hold a legal status in the US usually apply for a J-1 or H1B visa for residency training.
H-1 B Temporary Worker The H-1B visa is for temporary workers in specialty occupations who hold professional degrees. The H-1B visa has been extended to IMGs for residency training in the US. The individual must be able to meet all the specified criteria which includes appropriate authorization by the concerned state medical board, ECMFG certification and should have passed the USMLE Step 3 exam. The advantage of the H-1B visa that it does not have the two-year home residency requirement as the J-1 visa.
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