All ECFMG-sponsored physicians are required to maintain J-1 status while in the United States. To maintain J-1 status, physicians must be engaged in full-time programs of graduate medical education and compliant with all federal regulations, U.S. laws, and ECFMG rules for program participation.*
If a physician is not compliant with regulations, laws, or sponsor rules, and/or is terminated from a training program due to a disciplinary action** or other significant issue related to professionalism, medical knowledge, and/or patient care, the individual may also be subject to termination in Student and Exchange Visitor Information Systems (SEVIS). In cases of termination, the “30-day grace period” typically afforded to J visa holders does not apply. Days of unlawful presence will begin when the SEVIS record is terminated.
*See the EVSP Reference Guide, Required Orientation Modules, and the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Section 22 CFR Part 62 for additional information.
**Disciplinary actions by a host institution/training program are expected to follow ACGME requirements for Sponsoring Institutions. ECFMG defers discretion for disciplinary actions related to the training program and/or trainee performance to the host institution. ECFMG does not intervene in institutional contractual issues. J-1 physicians who resign in lieu of termination may not be eligible for future sponsorship and the 30-day grace period may not apply.
[Last update: March 17, 2021]