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Fwenchie

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Hi everybody,

With the VIRMP deadline approaching shortly, and in the midst of changing policies concerning U.S Visa applications from non-US citizen applicants, can anybody currently looking into Visa's to the U.S for internships shed some light into the current process. Or are there any administrative officers on the forum that know what the current status is?

I have several friends (Australian citizens, AVMA accredited institution) who have been in contact with academic institutions in the U.S, who have said they no longer sponsor non-U.S citizens for a 12-month internship position, due to changing Visa policies. I am aware that there were talks about reversing these policy changes, as has just been approved (or pending?) for medicine internship positions, and veterinary medicine may be soon to follow. Previously they were sponsoring for E-3 Visa's, but with changes to labour requirements, the internships no longer meet the minimum salary requirements to obtain an E-3. Is there anything being done to remedy this situation, or are U.S internships closing the doors to international applicants?

Also, with the current state of NAFTA renegotiations, how will this affect TN Visa applicants from Canada and Mexico who are currently looking at internships in the U.S?

When we have asked our admin about the Visa situation to the U.S, nobody seems to know what is happening.

Any insight would be much appreciated.

Thank you!
 
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VIN-Foundation

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The porgam descriptions on the VIRMP site include a section on visa sponsorship for each particular program. If something is not clear, it's best to contact the administrator that is listed for the program.

or are U.S internships closing the doors to international applicants?

Realize the programs don't make the laws. But we are required to follow the laws. And yes, this is also frustrating for us.

Also, with the current state of NAFTA renegotiations, how will this affect TN Visa applicants from Canada and Mexico who are currently looking at internships in the U.S?

I don't know any way to predict what's going to happen in the future on this.
 

VetMedSurvivalGuide

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Internship and residency programs are simply adjusting to the current laws/regulations, VISA processing times and its associated costs. Bottom line, it's basically a gamble as programs have to wait on the government to approve the paperwork for foreign nationals. These days the VISA processing times are getting closer and closer to the program start dates (and sometimes it's not until after that date). Thus, various programs are simply not accepting foreign nationals. The same process is currently happening in human medicine.

As a foreign graduate that went through the same process you are now looking into, it is quite frustrating to never really know what is going to happen and if your paperwork will be approved on time or not. And today it's certainly harder than a few years ago. If a program doesn't accept foreign graduates, the program description will clearly state that. If not, you can always contact them.
 
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