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|Immigration: Tools for long-term retention|
Tools for long-term retention
By Farhad Sethna, Attorney, Adjunct Professor of immigration law, The University of Akron, School of Law
In August, I was privileged to speak at the ASPR Annual Conference in Tucson, AZ. What a unique experience that was! It was the first time that I had ever seen a forest of saguaro cacti. It reminded me of western movies, with Clint Eastwood squinting out into the blazing sun! Those thorny cacti got me comparing the harsh desert environment with immigration challenges, especially in the context of recruiting international medical graduates (IMGs). Just as the saguaro cacti have evolved to survive, we too can learn how to recruit and retain IMGs for the long-term in a seemingly bleak environment utilizing creative immigration options.
The immigration process for IMGs has many potential pitfalls, but many rewards. In my session at the ASPR conference (materials for which can be found at the ASPR conference website), I suggested several strategies for the long-term retention of IMG physicians. I have also authored other articles on the topic of physician recruitment, which can be found at www.blog.immigration-america.com.
Through discussions with clients, I have come to realize that the most important commitment an employer can offer an IMG is sponsorship for immigration benefits. Given the IMG’s desire, it is necessary for employers to go forward boldly with hiring, knowing that there are solutions to most immigration obstacles. Keep in mind that every obstacle gives birth to an opportunity!
The benefit of time
Creative option: choose the Conrad 30 waiver if possible