Dear APPNA Members,
This year is posing a very tough challenge for our incoming young physicians. We have heard from 26 young doctors who should be starting their residency in 3-4 weeks but their career has suddenly been halted because their request for a J-1 visa was rejected in Pakistan. This is a very serious problem and we as an organization took this issue to our legislators on May 16th. A delegation of APPNA leaders also met with officials at the State Department and discussed the serious concern about the visa refusals and delays.
The work is in progress but a lot more needs to be done and we are continuing our efforts in full force. We have established communication with ECFMG, the legislators who are sympathetic to our cause and the officials at the State department. We have obtained legal opinion and will do our utmost to rectify the decision of J-1 refusal.
APPNA is not new to this problem and has been advocating for our young Pakistani doctors since 2003. We strive to find a solution to this issue but as always we need your active participation in our struggle. Please contact your local Senate and Congress representative and talk to them about this matter.
Please use the sample letter from APPNA's Website and educates them about how J-1 refusal will direly affect the healthcare system in our country. Request them to write to the State Department on your behalf and raise their concern.
Kindly, also sign the petition which has been created for the State Department. We have reached 1500 signature and need just 500 more. Please, scroll down to the bottom of the newsletter to sign.
APPNA has always tried to help young physicians and will continue to do so.
Sajid Chaudhary, MD
President APPNA, 2017