The United States has asked medical professionals seeking to work in America to apply for a work visa at the nearest US Embassy as part of measures to strengthen the health system to contain the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The government in a statement published on www . travel . state. gov on Friday, advised foreign medical professionals already in the US to consult with their sponsors to extend their programmes .
According to World Health Organisation statistics as of 12 : 00 pm on Friday, 63 , 570 people have been infected with the virus and nearly 884 have died in the US which is quickly becoming the new epicenter of the outbreak.
The statement read , “ We encourage medical professionals seeking to work in the United States on a work or exchange visitor , particularly those working to treat or mitigate the effects of COVID -19 , to reach out to the nearest embassy or consulate to request a visa appointment.
“ For those foreign medical professionals already in the United States :
“ J-1 Alien Physicians (medical residents ) may consult with their programme sponsor, ECFMG, to extend their programmes in the United States . Generally, a J -1 program for a foreign medical resident can be extended one year at a time for up to seven years. ”
It noted that the expiration date on a US visa did not determine how long one can be in the United States .
Source: punch news