You may find that some high-quality applicants for fellowship require J1 Visa sponsorship. There are some steps you need to take in order to offer a fellowship position to these unique applicants.
- The first step in this process is to apply for a new training program liaison (TPL) through the ECFMG (Education Committee for Foreign Medical Graduates). Click here for the application. You will also need to Request to add a Non-Standard Training Program. Click here for the application, and email both applications to: EVNetAdmin@ecfmg.org.
- Obesity Medicine fellowships are considered non-standard training programs and require a letter from an ABMS member board, such as ABIM. ABIM will furnish a letter of support for those on J1 Visa. You will need to provide the following for each candidate to review:
-A brief proposal from the program director, requesting the letter of support, dates of training, and candidate’s ECFMG number
-A copy of the program description
-A copy of the candidate’s CV
This information may be sent to ABIM at AcademicAffairs@ABIM.org.
- Complete the checklist for initial or continuation of sponsorship in a non-standard clinical training program, depending on if your applicant is currently sponsored by ECFMG.
- The GME committee at your institution will need to complete the Endorsement and Program Verification form.
The OMFC has several templates for documents you will need to submit. To request a template, please email Dr. Stacy Schmidt (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Additional information on how to sponsor J1 Visa applicants can be found at: https://www.ecfmg.org/evsp/index.html