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COVID-19: US asks doctors, nurses around the world to reach out for work visas

U.S. President Donald Trump is flanked by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and National Institutes of Health Doctor Kizzmekia Corbett, research fellow at the NIH Vaccine Research Center, as he listens to Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci following a briefing at the Vaccine Research Center in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S., March 3, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis - RC2LCF9HY1ZU

The United States has asked medical professionals around the world who want to work in America to reach out for visa appointment. 

On Thursday, the United States overtook China as the country with the highest number of novel coronavirus patients anywhere in the world.

To further tame the spread of the virus and treatment of those infected, the US is calling out to medical professionals to apply to work in the North American country.

“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,” the statement read.

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The US is also extending visas for medical professionals in the country.

“For those foreign medical professionals already in the United States: J-1 Alien Physicians (medical residents) may consult with their program sponsor, ECFMG, to extend their programs 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.

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Note that the expiration date on a U.S. visa does not determine how long one can be in the United States.”

According to various sources, 77 percent of black doctors in the US are Nigerians.

7 comments
  1. They only call when things have gone haywire. The states can’t help others to come close in good times. Anyway, I call on well meaning individuals across the world to apply for US visa and help fight the COVID-19 burden over there and around the world. A victory at any one place is a victory for all. Italy should also open up for more help across the world. God heal our world.

    1. Hello,am not a professional doctor or nurse but i have worked as an auxiliary nurse for four years,am more than willing to help out in anyway possible.

  2. Hello,am not a professional doctor or nurse but h have worked as an auxiliary nurse for four years,am more than willing to help out in anyway possible.

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