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Physician National Interest Waivers


On March 9, 2016, USCIS designated the Administrative Appeals Office’s (AAO) February 9, 2016, decision in Matter of H-V-P- as an adopted decision, and directed USCIS officials to follow its reasoning in similar cases. The decision clarifies that medical specialists who agree to practice in any area designated by the Secretary of Health and Human Services as having a shortage of health care professionals may be eligible for the physician national interest waiver (NIW) under INA §203(b)(2)(B)(ii).

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