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Every July, UAB welcomes about 70 international medical graduates in J-1 status sponsored by ECFMG (the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates), which is the only entity in the United States authorized to issue immigration documents (Form DS-2019) for graduate medical education and training (i.e., residencies and fellowships). UAB’s ISSS office cannot and does not issue DS-2019s to individuals coming to the US for graduate medical education or training.

UAB’s Office of Graduate Medical Education handles the recruitment and matching of international medical graduates and works closely with ISSS to complete the J-1 process for those who will come to UAB on J-1 visas. If you match at UAB in March, or if you are offered a fellowship contract with UAB, your hiring department and/or program coordinator will contact ISSS to begin your immigration process.

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