H-1B Visa Recruiting Season Under Way

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media , May 4, 2011

"The last couple of years, all of a sudden, the demand really went down," he says. "When the economy goes bad, then these companies don't hire a lot of people for H-1B visas."

He says since this year's application period has just begun and residency programs are winding down, now is the perfect time for hospital executives to recruit international medical graduate candidates.

"They should be selecting people right now out of residencies and fellowship programs," he says.

Bossard says there are, of course, advantages to hiring U.S. graduates, who don't come with the legal processing and attorney fees associated with hiring H-1B physicians. But when U.S. grads aren't an option, H-1B doctors can be lifesavers.

"There are some strings attached to the visa candidates," Bossard says. "But for me I wouldn't have been able to maintain my business without their help. They've been a huge asset for me, and as a result, a huge asset for the hospital systems that we work with."

Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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2 comments on "H-1B Visa Recruiting Season Under Way"

Dave Chapman (5/5/2011 at 5:39 PM)
Here in Silicon Valley, the H1-B visa program is used to import half-priced slave labor and then lay off the American workers. To the degree that the Rural Health Care is perceived as being part of the H1-B immigration scam, then you are handcuffed to a corpse. This program is evil, and the people who lobby for it are liars. If the rural hospitals want to continue to import doctors, then you had better find a different program, because H1-B is going to be killed. -Dave Chapman Palo Alto, CA

jgo (5/4/2011 at 2:10 PM)
The so-called "limits" on numbers of H-1B are infinitely stretchable. Since 2000, the State Dept. reports, they've issued over 110K H-1B visas each year at consular offices. That doesn't count those present in the USA who do a change of status to H-1B. In addition, medical personnel are eligible for J and L visas, to which there is no limit. The exchange visas have been perverted to employ foreign doctors, and, in particular, doctors to work in "under-served areas". Even there, they are most often abused to employ people in city faclities where there are plenty of capable US citizen doctors.




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