Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program (EVSP)

Applying for Sponsorship

ECFMG Sponsorship Types

ACGME-accredited Clinical Training

Physicians sponsored as exchange visitors for participation in Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited clinical programs or directly associated fellowship programs of graduate medical education or training are categorized as J-1 “(alien) physicians.” Training must be undertaken within an ACGME-accredited Sponsoring Institution.

ALIEN PHYSICIAN (Clinical Training Program): As defined in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations: An “alien physician is...a foreign medical graduate seeking to pursue graduate medical education or training at accredited schools or medical or scientific institutions” [22CFR62.27(a)]. The term graduate medical education is further defined as “a program in which the alien physician will receive graduate medical education or training, which generally consists of a residency or fellowship program involving health care services to patients, but does not include programs involving observation, consultation, teaching or research in which there is no or only incidental patient care. This program may consist of a medical specialty or a directly related medical subspecialty or both...” [22CFR62.2].

More information about the “physician” category is available on the U.S. Department of State website at

Review the ACGME-accredited clinical training checklists for information on the application process and requirements.

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