Employment-Based Immigration Solutions for Foreign Medical Graduates

(398 Ratings)

Produced on: September 24, 2015

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Lawline Faculty Member Youngwook (“Christian”) Park, Esq., of Fragomen Worldwide, the world's leading immigration firm, provides a roadmap to employment-based immigration solutions for foreign medical graduates (“FMGs”). FMGs complete medical schooling abroad but come to the U.S. to gain post-graduate medical training in the form of residency or fellowship programs. These programs can often involve complex J-1 two year home residence requirements that may be an impediment for future work visas or green card applications. Moreover, the nature of the job may often involve third-party worksite issues as well as cutting-edge H-1B cap-exempt issues that may impact eligibility. Yet, FMGs, due to the nature of the role of physicians in society, have a special marker in immigration laws and regulations. Given the consistent shortage of physicians in the U.S., it is no surprise that immigration rules provide for greater flexibility and additional options for FMGs.


This presentation explores common issues that FMGs face in the context of U.S. immigration and offers practical solutions that counsel may employ in addressing FMG immigration matters.


Learning Objectives:

I.      Identify and evaluate the J-1 two year home residence requirements for certain FMGs

II.     Explore nonimmigrant employment-based visa classifications for FMGs

III.    Evaluate potential employment-based immigrant visa classifications for FMGs

IV.    Review real-world examples of factors that influence business immigration policy


Christian provides strategic counseling to employers on all matters of U.S. immigration and nationality law, regulation, and policy. His practice involves immigration matters pertaining to the recruitment, hiring, transfer, and retention of international workers in the United States.

As an Associate Attorney in Fragomen’s Boston and New York offices, he represented clients in matters before the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Embassies and consular posts abroad. He has also advised clients in a variety of sectors, including healthcare, academic, and information technology.

Representative Experience

  • Advised IT client with a large foreign national population on devising an immigration strategy that aligns with business hiring requirements.
  • Counseled clients on both PERM and non-PERM alternatives.
  • Advised clients on INA 212(e) waiver strategies, including no objection, exceptional hardship, persecution, CONRAD State 30 Program, and Interested Government Agency waivers.
  • Secured immigration benefits for physicians, researchers, and scholars. 


  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member, Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts
  • Member, Korean American Bio Industry Council
  • Member, Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association

Publications and Lectures

  • Co-Author, "A New Age for Employment Authorization Documents." Law360, 1 May 2015: n.pag. Web. 1 May 2015.
  • Presenter, "Basics of Employment-Based Immigration." Lecture, Korean-American Scientists and Engineers New England Symposium 2015, February 28, 2015.
  • Co-Author, “H-1B Season's Greetings: A Guide to Analyzing the H-1B Quota and Time Limitation.” ILW.com, 4 December 2014: n.pag. Web. 4 December 2014.
  • Co-Author, "Seven Effective Tips to Preparing Non-PERM Employment Based Visa Petitions." ILW.com, 22 October 2013: n.pag. Web. 22 October 2013.
  • Co-Author, “Alternatives to PERM.” ILW.com, 16 July 2013: n.pag. Web. 16 July 2013. 

Pro Bono

  • Provided Pro Bono work for DACA Clinic with MinKwon Center for Community Action, Flushing, New York.
  • Provided pro bono services at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition's Citizenship Clinic.


Elise H.

One of the best/most informative CLE's I've taken with Lawline thus far!

Matilda M.

Very informative.

Eddy C.

Comprehensive with important details!

xiaoyu z.

Clear and informative

Mohammed Z.

good cle

Heidi A.

good presentation

Kristin K.

Very high level overview, which is fine for beginners in immigration.

Jeanette taylor J.

Excellent. Very easy to listen too.

Lee C.

interesting topic


very informative and excellent presentation!

Debbi Ann R.

Very informative.

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