USCIS memo, "Revisions to Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) Regarding Certain Alien Physicians." D. Neufeld (June 17, 2009)

"This memorandum amends the Adjudicator’s Field Manual by providing guidance on the adjudication of Form I-140, Petition for Alien Worker filed for certain physicians. In particular, this memo provides guidance to Immigration Services Officers (ISOs), formerly known as Information Immigration Officers (IIOs) or Adjudications Officers (AOs), on how to determine if a foreign Medical Degree (MD) is the equivalent of a U.S. MD degree, and thus an advanced degree, for EB2 purposes. This memorandum also addresses how to determine whether an alien physician has met the education, training and experience requirements of the labor certification and licensure in the area of intended employment, and it clarifies that all EB2 and EB3 alien physicians must overcome the “unqualified physician” inadmissible alien provisions of INA §212(a)(5)(B) at the time of the permanent job offer."