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Visa Types

Non-immigrant visas establish work eligibility, and must be obtained prior to coming to the United States (U.S.). City of Hope offers assistance and sponsorship with the following visa types:
 
The J-1 visa is the most common type of visa sponsored for non-immigrants interested in coming to City of Hope to study or receive training, teach, research, consult or provide special skills. J-1 Exchange Visitor Program participants are permitted to work only at City of Hope.
 
 
F-1 visas are offered to non-immigrants wishing to pursue academic studies at the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences of City of Hope.
 
Certain professionals from Canada and Mexico are admissible to the U.S., on a temporary basis, under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the TN-1 visa status category.
 
The H1-B visa allows non-immigrants working in "specialty occupations" to be employed temporarily by City Hope. The foreign national must possess at least a bachelor's degree or its equivalent, and meet the definition of practicing in a specialty occupation.
 
The E-3 visa at City of Hope is for Australian nationals working in "specialty occupations." Although renewable in two-year increments, the E-3 visa holder is for those who intend to return to Australia when the job at City of Hope has ended.
 
O-1 status at City of Hope is available to foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, education, business or athletics
 

TN-1 Visa for Mexican/Canadian Citizens

Certain professionals from Canada and Mexico are admissible to the United States (U.S.), on a temporary basis, under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the TN-1 visa status category.
 
Professionals from Canada or Mexico may work in the U.S. under the following conditions:
 
Applicant is a citizen of Canada or Mexico; Profession is on the NAFTA list in Appendix 1603.D.1; Position in the U.S. requires a NAFTA professional; and Mexican or Canadian applicant is to work in a prearranged full-time or part-time job for a U.S. employer.Eligible Professions.
 
In most of the listed professions, a bachelor's degree, its equivalent or higher is usually required. In addition, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ( USCIS ) expect the educational degree to be relevant to the applicant's position. The list of eligible professions also includes occupations that do not necessarily require a bachelor's degree as a minimum requirement. Some professions require a post-secondary diploma plus several years of experience.
 
Maximum Period of Stay
The maximum initial period of stay for a TN-1 visa status professional is three years. Extensions of stay may be granted in three-year increments with no fixed limit on the number of extensions that may be given.
 
Spouses and Children of TN Visa Holders
Spouses and/or children under the age of 21 who wish to accompany the principal TN-1 visa holder (or join him/her at a later date) may obtain a TD visa status. They can be included on the application at the port of entry with the TN principal without separate filing fees and may be admitted for the same duration of stay. TD visa holders may study in the U.S. under this classification, but are not authorized for employment.
 
How to Apply for a TN-1 Visa
Canadian nationals may enter the U.S at any port of entry (U.S. airport or preflight clearance stations). Mexican nationals may apply at anyU.S. Consulate under NAFTA without a formal petition to the USCIS.
 

O-1 Visa

O-1 status is available to foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, education, business or athletics.The Immigration and Nationality Act defines an O-1 foreign national as:
 
A foreign national who has extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics which has been demonstrated by sustained national or international acclaim or, with regard to motion picture and television productions a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement, and whose achievements have been recognized in the field through extensive documentation, and seeks to enter the United States (U.S.) to continue work in the area of extraordinary ability.
 
While the O-1 category clearly extends to many fields of endeavor, it is most commonly sought by individual foreign nationals having extraordinary ability in the field of arts because foreign nationals in science, education, business and athletics often qualify more readily under other visa status categories. For example, foreign nationals in science, education or business may qualify as specialty workers underH-1Bvisa status or North American Free Trade Association professionals under TNvisa status.
 
"Extraordinary" Defined
For O-1 purposes, the "extraordinary" standard is defined differently depending upon the foreign national's field of expertise. For foreign nationals in science, education, business and athletics, the term "extraordinary ability" is defined as a level of expertise indicating that the person is one of the small percentages of professionals who have risen to the very top of their field of endeavor.
 
Eligibility Requirements
To qualify as a foreign national of extraordinary ability in science the petitioner must have received a major internationally recognized award, such as the Nobel Prize. It is also possible to qualify for O-1 visa status by meeting other very specific requirements outlined by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ( USCIS ). Consult with the immigration specialist to further discuss these qualifications.
 
Maximum Period of Stay
O-1 visas are approved for the time necessary to complete the project for which the non-immigrant is admitted up to an initial period of three years. In the event that three years is not adequate time to complete the project, or if the project is ongoing, an O-1 visa can be renewed indefinitely in three-year increments.
 
Spouses and Children of O-1 Visa Holders
O-3 status is available to dependents of O-1. Spouses and/or children under the age of 21 who wish to accompany the principal O-1 visa holder in the U.S. (or join him/her at a later date) for the duration of his or her stay require O-3 visas.
 
Work for O-3 Visa Holders
O-3 visa holders may work in the U.S. with the appropriate authorization. Upon admission to the U.S., the appropriate work visa will be required if employment is desired. The O-3 visa holder must file an application with the USCIS and it must be approved prior to the commencement of work. A Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Document Card must be filed with the local USCIS office that serves the area where they live.
 
How to Apply for an O-1 Visa
The application process for obtaining an O-1 visa is similar to obtaining an H-1B visa. Before a foreign national can begin working with any employer in the U.S., the USCIS requires the employer or its representative to file all O-1 applications on behalf of the foreign national. Foreign nationals cannot apply for an O-1 visa through the USCIS on their own behalf. The employer or its representative must mail the application with the proper fees included to the USCIS California Service Center.
 

J-1 Visa Mandatory Insurance

All J-1 visa holders and any J-2 dependents (spouses and minor children -- children under the age 21) are required to carry a minimum amount of medical insurance at all times, which should include:
 
Medical benefits of at least $50,000 per accident or illness; Repatriation of remains in the amount of $7,500; Expenses associated with the medical evacuation of the exchange visitor to his or her home country in the amount of $10,000 A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness.J-1 visa holders coming to City of Hope have the following options to ensure they meet the medical insurance requirements
 
Option A - Home Institution to provide insurance
Provide your own medical insurance coverage from home institution, which states in a letter (or proof of insurance document) that the minimum requirements are covered.
 
Option B - Rust International Associates
Rust International Associates specialize in medical and accident insurance for groups and individuals, and can provide health and personal insurance plans for City of Hope’s international scholars while in the U.S.
 
If interested, you can review and sign up for the coverage at http://www.rustassoc.com/, when at the Web site do the following:
 
Go to Download Forms tab; Go to International Students Forms on right hand side; From the dropdown menu select “City of Hope, CA“Questions can be directed to Steve Rust, by e-mail atinfo@rustassoc.comor by phone at 877-964-7900.
 
Option C - Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc.
Garnett-Powers & Associates offers the City of Hope Trainee and Affiliate Benefit Program. This comprehensive health program is comprised of several plans offered through internationally recognized insurance carriers
 
The Web site provides information on all parts of the program, as well as provides a simple enrollment method for you to follow to ensure your enrollment in the plans.
 
Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Insurance for Trainees and Affiliates Holding J-1 Visa Status and Their Dependents with J-2 Visa Status
 
Selected City of Hope Trainees and Affiliates holding J1 Visa Status, and their dependents holding J2 Visa status, are automatically covered for medical evacuation and repatriation benefits necessary to satisfy the J Visa Program. It is not necessary to purchase supplemental insurance to satisfy the J-1 and J-2 Visa requirements regarding Medical Evacuation or Repatriation. The $10,000 of Medical Evacuation Insurance and $7,500 of Repatriation of Remains Insurance required will be covered by the Standard Life Insurance Program.Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc. offers a City of Hope Customer Service Representative, dedicated to this program. If interested, you can review and sign up for the coverage at www.garnett-powers.com/coh.
 
Please address benefit and enrollment questions to:
Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc.
23361 Madero, Suite 240
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
 
Or call Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm Pacific Time
Toll free at 1-888-441-3719
Contact City of Hope Program Services
COHBP@Garnett-Powers.com
 

J-1 Visa Information for Physicians

City of Hope cannot sponsor J-1 visa for physicians.
 
The U.S. Department of State has designated the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates ( ECFMG ) as the visa sponsor for all J-1 exchange visitor physicians who participate in clinical training programs.
 
For more information please visit ECFMG’s website at http://www.ecfmg.org/
 
§ 62.27 Alien physicians
 
(a) Purpose. Pursuant to the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act, as amended by the Health Care Professions Act, Public Law 94–484, the Department of State facilitates exchanges for foreign medical graduates seeking to pursue graduate medical education or training at accredited schools of medicine or scientific institutions. The Department of State also facilitates exchanges of foreign medical graduates seeking to pursue programs involving observation, consultation, teaching, or research activities.
 
(b) Clinical exchange programs. The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates must sponsor alien physicians who wish to pursue programs of graduate medical education or training conducted by accredited U.S. schools of medicine or scientific institutions.
 

J-1 Research Scholar Orientation and Information

For additional information, please Download PDF Version >>

 

 

J-1 Exchange Visitors Visa

Non-immigrant visas establish work eligibility at City of Hope.
 
A variety of visa types are sponsored each year by City of Hope to meet the needs of our diverse work force. Technically, a visa is:
 
A travel document issued by a United States (U.S.) consulate abroad that allows the foreign national to whom it is issued to travel to the U.S. to apply for admission at a U.S. point of entry. It permits this foreign national to board a plane, ship or train that will carry him or her to a U.S. point of entry to make the application to enter the U.S.
 
If a foreign national arrives at a U.S. port of entry without a visa which could (and should) have been obtained prior to traveling, he/she may be returned at the carrier’s expense to the home country or to the port of departure.
 
All foreign nationals are expected to present valid visas for inspection by the Department of Homeland Security which:
 
Are valid for purposes of travel to the U.S., and Comply with the classifications under which they seek admission to the U.S.Exceptions
 
In some cases foreign nationals do not need to present visas for entry into the U.S.:
 
Canadian citizens who are visa exempt (with some exceptions) Foreign nationals with Border Crossing Card s Foreign nationals traveling on the Visa Waiver Program There are additional exemption categories not discussed here, and any questions may be directed to the City of Hope’s Immigration Specialist.
 
The difference between Visa and Status
It is important to understand the relationship between a visa’s period of validity and a foreign national’s status in the U.S.:
 
The visa serves as a travel document to allow the foreign national to whom it was issued to travel to the U.S. and apply for admission into the U.S. The foreign national must apply for admission to the U.S. during the validity period of the visa. The visa alone does not confer any immigration status or employment authorization and the validity of the visa does not relate whatsoever to the period of time the foreign national is authorized to remain in the U.S. The expiration of the visa following the foreign national’s entry into the United States does not necessarily affect the alien’s authorized stay in the U.S. The period of authorized stay is indicated on the Form I-94 issued to the foreign national.The period of stay is unrelated to the period during which a consular officer has authorized an alien to apply for admission to the U.S. under the classification indicated on the visa. The I-94 is issued at a U.S. port of entry after an interview by an immigration officer who will determine whether the alien is eligible for admission in that particular non-immigrant category.
 
The Form I-94 indicates the classification under which the foreign national is admitted and the period of authorized stay in the U.S. under that classification. Although the period of authorized stay is usually expressed with a beginning and ending date, for some non-immigrant classifications the authorized period of stay may be expressed as “D/S,” meaning, "duration of status."
 
Leaving the United States
If you plan to leave the United States for a temporary trip abroad, contact the Immigration Specialist to begin researching the visa requirements as early as possible. Certain visas require specific procedures that must be handled prior to your leaving the country. Failure to comply with these procedures may result in your not being permitted to reenter the United States.
 
For more information, visit theU.S. State Department.
 
If you are sponsored by City of Hope (e.g., J-1 status) make sure you obtain a signature from an authorized City of Hope representative (such as the Immigration Specialist) asserting that you are employed in good standing with City of Hope.
 

H-1B Visa

The H1-B visa classification requires a sponsoring United States employer and is linked to the particular employer sponsoring the foreign national worker. The employer must file a Labor Condition Application with the Department of Labor attesting to several items, including payment of prevailing wages for the position, and the working conditions offered. Because the H-1B visa is employer-specific, individuals interested in working for City of Hope under the H-1B category will need to have approval from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services( USCIS ).
 
Eligibility Requirements
The H-1B category is available for those seeking to enter the United States for the purpose of working in a "specialty occupation." According to immigration regulations this means:
 
“…the theoretical and practical application of highly specialized knowledge requiring completion of a specific course of higher education.”
 
If the position qualifies as a “specialty occupation,” the foreign national must then show that he or she meets the criteria for that position. These criteria, defined by USCIS regulations, state that the foreign national must meet one of the following:
 
Hold a United States bachelor’s degree, its equivalent, or higher degree required by the specialty occupation from an accredited college or university; Hold a foreign degree determined to be equivalent to a United States Bachelor’s degree or higher required by the specialty occupation from an accredited college or university; Hold an unrestricted state license, registration or certification which authorizes him or her to fully practice the specialty occupation and be immediately engaged in that specialty in the state of intended employment; or Have education, specialized training, and/or progressively responsible experience that is equivalent to completion of a United States Bachelor’s degree or higher in the specialty occupation, and have recognition of expertise in the specialty through progressively responsible positions directly related to the specialty.
 
Maximum Period of Stay
An H-1B visa is valid initially for up to three years. Extensions may be requested up to a maximum total stay of six years. One-year extensions beyond the six-year maximum can be obtained under certain circumstances. Please contact the Department of Human Resources to discuss the qualifications for these extensions.
 
Transfer From One Employer to Another Employer
A foreign national with a current H-1B visa can change employers, and may begin working for the new employer as soon as a new H-1B petition has been filed by the new employer. In this case, there is no need to wait until the petition has been approved
 
Spouses and Children of H-1B Visa Holders
The dependent spouse and/or children under the age of 21 of the H-1B visa holder may be admitted into the United States as H-4 dependents. H-4 dependents are not permitted to engage in employment.
 
How to Apply for an H-1B Visa
Before a foreign national can begin working with any employer, the USCIS requires that all H-1B applications be filed by the employer or its representative on behalf of the foreign national. Foreign nationals cannot apply to the USCIS on their own behalf. The application must be mailed with the proper fees to the USCIS California Service Center.
 

F-1 Visa for Students

The "F" visa is reserved for non-immigrants wishing to pursue academic studies and/or language training programs here in the United States. Foreign students seeking to study in the U.S. may enter in the F-1 category provided they meet the following criteria:
 
The student must be enrolled full-time in an "academic" educational Ph.D. program; The student must be proficient in English; The student must have sufficient funds available for self-support during the entire proposed course of study which is normally supplied by the graduate student fellowship, provided by  City of Hope; The student must maintain a residence abroad which he/she has no intention of giving up. Foreign nationals studying at the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences of City of Hope(F-status) may be granted the right to work outside of City of Hope on a very limited basis.
 
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a training opportunity for a maximum combined period of one (1) year, either pre-or post-graduation. This practical training may be authorized for an F-1 student who has been lawfully enrolled on a full time basis; which usually is granted after completion of their Ph.D. studies.
 
Please note: Paperwork for OPT must be applied for at least three months before the end of the applicant's Ph. D. program.
 
Curriculum Practical Training (CPT) is defined as alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education or other type of required internship or practicum that is an integral part of an established curriculum. Students must be authorized by the Designated School Official (DSO) in order to participate. A student may begin curricular practical training only after receiving his or her Form I–20 with the DSO endorsement. The current DSO at City of Hope is Kimberly Gentile, Immigration Specialist, Human Resources: 626-256-4673 ext. 63872
 
Spouses and Children of F-1 Visa Holders
The dependent spouse and/or children of the F-1 visa holder may be admitted into the United States as F-2 dependents. F-2 dependents are not permitted to engage in employment.
 
How to Apply for an F-1 Visa
For information or how to apply for a visa, please contact:
 
Kimberly Gentile
Immigration Specialist
Human Resources
626-256-HOPE (4673), ext. 63872
 
Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences
To learn about City of Hope’s admission requirements, or for information, please contact:
 
Steve Novak, Ph.D.
Irell & Manella Graduate School
of Biological Sciences
City of Hope
Miller Bldg., Rm.107
 
1500 E. Duarte Road.
Duarte, CA 91010
gradschool@coh.org
877-715-GRAD
 

E-3 Australian Visa

The E-3 is a visa for Australian nationals who wish to work in specialty occupations in the United States (U.S.). It has many advantages over the other types of working visas, including the ability for spouses of E-3 recipients to apply for work authorization.
 
Eligibility Requirements
E-3 visas are like the H-1B visa in that the positions require highly specialized knowledge or expertise, and the minimum requirements are the same.
 
If the position qualifies as a "specialty occupation," the foreign national must then show that he or she meets the criteria for that position. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ( USCIS ) regulations state that the foreign national must meet one of the criteria stated above.
 
Maximum Period of Stay
E-3 visa status is granted initially for up to two (2) years, and can be renewed indefinitely.
 
Spouses and Children of E-3 Visa Holders
Spouses and/or children under the age of 21 who wish to accompany the principal E-3 visa holder (or join him/her at a later date) in the U.S. for the duration of his or her stay require E-3D visas. They can obtain their visas at theU.S. Consulate along with the E-3 visa holder.
 
Work
The spouse and/or children of an Australian national in the U.S. may work in the U.S. under E-3D status with the appropriate authorization. However, before working, an application for a work permit must be filed with the USCIS and be approved prior to beginning work. A Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Document Card must be filed with the local USCIS office that serves the area where they live.
 
How to Apply for an E-3 Australian Visa
Although most visa application petitions have to be filed through a USCIS service center, an E-3 visa application can be made at a U.S. Consulate. First, City of Hope must request a Labor Condition Application (LCA) from the Department of Labor. The applicant then may apply at the U.S. Consulate using the LCA and other supporting documentation (support letter, résumé and applicable academic degrees).
 

Visa Types

Visa Types

Non-immigrant visas establish work eligibility, and must be obtained prior to coming to the United States (U.S.). City of Hope offers assistance and sponsorship with the following visa types:
 
The J-1 visa is the most common type of visa sponsored for non-immigrants interested in coming to City of Hope to study or receive training, teach, research, consult or provide special skills. J-1 Exchange Visitor Program participants are permitted to work only at City of Hope.
 
 
F-1 visas are offered to non-immigrants wishing to pursue academic studies at the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences of City of Hope.
 
Certain professionals from Canada and Mexico are admissible to the U.S., on a temporary basis, under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the TN-1 visa status category.
 
The H1-B visa allows non-immigrants working in "specialty occupations" to be employed temporarily by City Hope. The foreign national must possess at least a bachelor's degree or its equivalent, and meet the definition of practicing in a specialty occupation.
 
The E-3 visa at City of Hope is for Australian nationals working in "specialty occupations." Although renewable in two-year increments, the E-3 visa holder is for those who intend to return to Australia when the job at City of Hope has ended.
 
O-1 status at City of Hope is available to foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, education, business or athletics
 

TN-1 Visa for Mexican/Canadian Citizens

TN-1 Visa for Mexican/Canadian Citizens

Certain professionals from Canada and Mexico are admissible to the United States (U.S.), on a temporary basis, under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the TN-1 visa status category.
 
Professionals from Canada or Mexico may work in the U.S. under the following conditions:
 
Applicant is a citizen of Canada or Mexico; Profession is on the NAFTA list in Appendix 1603.D.1; Position in the U.S. requires a NAFTA professional; and Mexican or Canadian applicant is to work in a prearranged full-time or part-time job for a U.S. employer.Eligible Professions.
 
In most of the listed professions, a bachelor's degree, its equivalent or higher is usually required. In addition, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ( USCIS ) expect the educational degree to be relevant to the applicant's position. The list of eligible professions also includes occupations that do not necessarily require a bachelor's degree as a minimum requirement. Some professions require a post-secondary diploma plus several years of experience.
 
Maximum Period of Stay
The maximum initial period of stay for a TN-1 visa status professional is three years. Extensions of stay may be granted in three-year increments with no fixed limit on the number of extensions that may be given.
 
Spouses and Children of TN Visa Holders
Spouses and/or children under the age of 21 who wish to accompany the principal TN-1 visa holder (or join him/her at a later date) may obtain a TD visa status. They can be included on the application at the port of entry with the TN principal without separate filing fees and may be admitted for the same duration of stay. TD visa holders may study in the U.S. under this classification, but are not authorized for employment.
 
How to Apply for a TN-1 Visa
Canadian nationals may enter the U.S at any port of entry (U.S. airport or preflight clearance stations). Mexican nationals may apply at anyU.S. Consulate under NAFTA without a formal petition to the USCIS.
 

O-1 Visa

O-1 Visa

O-1 status is available to foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, education, business or athletics.The Immigration and Nationality Act defines an O-1 foreign national as:
 
A foreign national who has extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics which has been demonstrated by sustained national or international acclaim or, with regard to motion picture and television productions a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement, and whose achievements have been recognized in the field through extensive documentation, and seeks to enter the United States (U.S.) to continue work in the area of extraordinary ability.
 
While the O-1 category clearly extends to many fields of endeavor, it is most commonly sought by individual foreign nationals having extraordinary ability in the field of arts because foreign nationals in science, education, business and athletics often qualify more readily under other visa status categories. For example, foreign nationals in science, education or business may qualify as specialty workers underH-1Bvisa status or North American Free Trade Association professionals under TNvisa status.
 
"Extraordinary" Defined
For O-1 purposes, the "extraordinary" standard is defined differently depending upon the foreign national's field of expertise. For foreign nationals in science, education, business and athletics, the term "extraordinary ability" is defined as a level of expertise indicating that the person is one of the small percentages of professionals who have risen to the very top of their field of endeavor.
 
Eligibility Requirements
To qualify as a foreign national of extraordinary ability in science the petitioner must have received a major internationally recognized award, such as the Nobel Prize. It is also possible to qualify for O-1 visa status by meeting other very specific requirements outlined by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ( USCIS ). Consult with the immigration specialist to further discuss these qualifications.
 
Maximum Period of Stay
O-1 visas are approved for the time necessary to complete the project for which the non-immigrant is admitted up to an initial period of three years. In the event that three years is not adequate time to complete the project, or if the project is ongoing, an O-1 visa can be renewed indefinitely in three-year increments.
 
Spouses and Children of O-1 Visa Holders
O-3 status is available to dependents of O-1. Spouses and/or children under the age of 21 who wish to accompany the principal O-1 visa holder in the U.S. (or join him/her at a later date) for the duration of his or her stay require O-3 visas.
 
Work for O-3 Visa Holders
O-3 visa holders may work in the U.S. with the appropriate authorization. Upon admission to the U.S., the appropriate work visa will be required if employment is desired. The O-3 visa holder must file an application with the USCIS and it must be approved prior to the commencement of work. A Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Document Card must be filed with the local USCIS office that serves the area where they live.
 
How to Apply for an O-1 Visa
The application process for obtaining an O-1 visa is similar to obtaining an H-1B visa. Before a foreign national can begin working with any employer in the U.S., the USCIS requires the employer or its representative to file all O-1 applications on behalf of the foreign national. Foreign nationals cannot apply for an O-1 visa through the USCIS on their own behalf. The employer or its representative must mail the application with the proper fees included to the USCIS California Service Center.
 

J-1 Visa Mandatory Insurance

J-1 Visa Mandatory Insurance

All J-1 visa holders and any J-2 dependents (spouses and minor children -- children under the age 21) are required to carry a minimum amount of medical insurance at all times, which should include:
 
Medical benefits of at least $50,000 per accident or illness; Repatriation of remains in the amount of $7,500; Expenses associated with the medical evacuation of the exchange visitor to his or her home country in the amount of $10,000 A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness.J-1 visa holders coming to City of Hope have the following options to ensure they meet the medical insurance requirements
 
Option A - Home Institution to provide insurance
Provide your own medical insurance coverage from home institution, which states in a letter (or proof of insurance document) that the minimum requirements are covered.
 
Option B - Rust International Associates
Rust International Associates specialize in medical and accident insurance for groups and individuals, and can provide health and personal insurance plans for City of Hope’s international scholars while in the U.S.
 
If interested, you can review and sign up for the coverage at http://www.rustassoc.com/, when at the Web site do the following:
 
Go to Download Forms tab; Go to International Students Forms on right hand side; From the dropdown menu select “City of Hope, CA“Questions can be directed to Steve Rust, by e-mail atinfo@rustassoc.comor by phone at 877-964-7900.
 
Option C - Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc.
Garnett-Powers & Associates offers the City of Hope Trainee and Affiliate Benefit Program. This comprehensive health program is comprised of several plans offered through internationally recognized insurance carriers
 
The Web site provides information on all parts of the program, as well as provides a simple enrollment method for you to follow to ensure your enrollment in the plans.
 
Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Insurance for Trainees and Affiliates Holding J-1 Visa Status and Their Dependents with J-2 Visa Status
 
Selected City of Hope Trainees and Affiliates holding J1 Visa Status, and their dependents holding J2 Visa status, are automatically covered for medical evacuation and repatriation benefits necessary to satisfy the J Visa Program. It is not necessary to purchase supplemental insurance to satisfy the J-1 and J-2 Visa requirements regarding Medical Evacuation or Repatriation. The $10,000 of Medical Evacuation Insurance and $7,500 of Repatriation of Remains Insurance required will be covered by the Standard Life Insurance Program.Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc. offers a City of Hope Customer Service Representative, dedicated to this program. If interested, you can review and sign up for the coverage at www.garnett-powers.com/coh.
 
Please address benefit and enrollment questions to:
Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc.
23361 Madero, Suite 240
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
 
Or call Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm Pacific Time
Toll free at 1-888-441-3719
Contact City of Hope Program Services
COHBP@Garnett-Powers.com
 

J-1 Visa Information for Physicians

J-1 Visa Information for Physicians

City of Hope cannot sponsor J-1 visa for physicians.
 
The U.S. Department of State has designated the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates ( ECFMG ) as the visa sponsor for all J-1 exchange visitor physicians who participate in clinical training programs.
 
For more information please visit ECFMG’s website at http://www.ecfmg.org/
 
§ 62.27 Alien physicians
 
(a) Purpose. Pursuant to the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act, as amended by the Health Care Professions Act, Public Law 94–484, the Department of State facilitates exchanges for foreign medical graduates seeking to pursue graduate medical education or training at accredited schools of medicine or scientific institutions. The Department of State also facilitates exchanges of foreign medical graduates seeking to pursue programs involving observation, consultation, teaching, or research activities.
 
(b) Clinical exchange programs. The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates must sponsor alien physicians who wish to pursue programs of graduate medical education or training conducted by accredited U.S. schools of medicine or scientific institutions.
 

J-1 Research Scholar Orientation and Information

J-1 Research Scholar Orientation and Information

For additional information, please Download PDF Version >>

 

 

J-1 Exchange Visitors Visa

J-1 Exchange Visitors Visa

Non-immigrant visas establish work eligibility at City of Hope.
 
A variety of visa types are sponsored each year by City of Hope to meet the needs of our diverse work force. Technically, a visa is:
 
A travel document issued by a United States (U.S.) consulate abroad that allows the foreign national to whom it is issued to travel to the U.S. to apply for admission at a U.S. point of entry. It permits this foreign national to board a plane, ship or train that will carry him or her to a U.S. point of entry to make the application to enter the U.S.
 
If a foreign national arrives at a U.S. port of entry without a visa which could (and should) have been obtained prior to traveling, he/she may be returned at the carrier’s expense to the home country or to the port of departure.
 
All foreign nationals are expected to present valid visas for inspection by the Department of Homeland Security which:
 
Are valid for purposes of travel to the U.S., and Comply with the classifications under which they seek admission to the U.S.Exceptions
 
In some cases foreign nationals do not need to present visas for entry into the U.S.:
 
Canadian citizens who are visa exempt (with some exceptions) Foreign nationals with Border Crossing Card s Foreign nationals traveling on the Visa Waiver Program There are additional exemption categories not discussed here, and any questions may be directed to the City of Hope’s Immigration Specialist.
 
The difference between Visa and Status
It is important to understand the relationship between a visa’s period of validity and a foreign national’s status in the U.S.:
 
The visa serves as a travel document to allow the foreign national to whom it was issued to travel to the U.S. and apply for admission into the U.S. The foreign national must apply for admission to the U.S. during the validity period of the visa. The visa alone does not confer any immigration status or employment authorization and the validity of the visa does not relate whatsoever to the period of time the foreign national is authorized to remain in the U.S. The expiration of the visa following the foreign national’s entry into the United States does not necessarily affect the alien’s authorized stay in the U.S. The period of authorized stay is indicated on the Form I-94 issued to the foreign national.The period of stay is unrelated to the period during which a consular officer has authorized an alien to apply for admission to the U.S. under the classification indicated on the visa. The I-94 is issued at a U.S. port of entry after an interview by an immigration officer who will determine whether the alien is eligible for admission in that particular non-immigrant category.
 
The Form I-94 indicates the classification under which the foreign national is admitted and the period of authorized stay in the U.S. under that classification. Although the period of authorized stay is usually expressed with a beginning and ending date, for some non-immigrant classifications the authorized period of stay may be expressed as “D/S,” meaning, "duration of status."
 
Leaving the United States
If you plan to leave the United States for a temporary trip abroad, contact the Immigration Specialist to begin researching the visa requirements as early as possible. Certain visas require specific procedures that must be handled prior to your leaving the country. Failure to comply with these procedures may result in your not being permitted to reenter the United States.
 
For more information, visit theU.S. State Department.
 
If you are sponsored by City of Hope (e.g., J-1 status) make sure you obtain a signature from an authorized City of Hope representative (such as the Immigration Specialist) asserting that you are employed in good standing with City of Hope.
 

H-1B Visa

H-1B Visa

The H1-B visa classification requires a sponsoring United States employer and is linked to the particular employer sponsoring the foreign national worker. The employer must file a Labor Condition Application with the Department of Labor attesting to several items, including payment of prevailing wages for the position, and the working conditions offered. Because the H-1B visa is employer-specific, individuals interested in working for City of Hope under the H-1B category will need to have approval from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services( USCIS ).
 
Eligibility Requirements
The H-1B category is available for those seeking to enter the United States for the purpose of working in a "specialty occupation." According to immigration regulations this means:
 
“…the theoretical and practical application of highly specialized knowledge requiring completion of a specific course of higher education.”
 
If the position qualifies as a “specialty occupation,” the foreign national must then show that he or she meets the criteria for that position. These criteria, defined by USCIS regulations, state that the foreign national must meet one of the following:
 
Hold a United States bachelor’s degree, its equivalent, or higher degree required by the specialty occupation from an accredited college or university; Hold a foreign degree determined to be equivalent to a United States Bachelor’s degree or higher required by the specialty occupation from an accredited college or university; Hold an unrestricted state license, registration or certification which authorizes him or her to fully practice the specialty occupation and be immediately engaged in that specialty in the state of intended employment; or Have education, specialized training, and/or progressively responsible experience that is equivalent to completion of a United States Bachelor’s degree or higher in the specialty occupation, and have recognition of expertise in the specialty through progressively responsible positions directly related to the specialty.
 
Maximum Period of Stay
An H-1B visa is valid initially for up to three years. Extensions may be requested up to a maximum total stay of six years. One-year extensions beyond the six-year maximum can be obtained under certain circumstances. Please contact the Department of Human Resources to discuss the qualifications for these extensions.
 
Transfer From One Employer to Another Employer
A foreign national with a current H-1B visa can change employers, and may begin working for the new employer as soon as a new H-1B petition has been filed by the new employer. In this case, there is no need to wait until the petition has been approved
 
Spouses and Children of H-1B Visa Holders
The dependent spouse and/or children under the age of 21 of the H-1B visa holder may be admitted into the United States as H-4 dependents. H-4 dependents are not permitted to engage in employment.
 
How to Apply for an H-1B Visa
Before a foreign national can begin working with any employer, the USCIS requires that all H-1B applications be filed by the employer or its representative on behalf of the foreign national. Foreign nationals cannot apply to the USCIS on their own behalf. The application must be mailed with the proper fees to the USCIS California Service Center.
 

F-1 Visa for Students

F-1 Visa for Students

The "F" visa is reserved for non-immigrants wishing to pursue academic studies and/or language training programs here in the United States. Foreign students seeking to study in the U.S. may enter in the F-1 category provided they meet the following criteria:
 
The student must be enrolled full-time in an "academic" educational Ph.D. program; The student must be proficient in English; The student must have sufficient funds available for self-support during the entire proposed course of study which is normally supplied by the graduate student fellowship, provided by  City of Hope; The student must maintain a residence abroad which he/she has no intention of giving up. Foreign nationals studying at the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences of City of Hope(F-status) may be granted the right to work outside of City of Hope on a very limited basis.
 
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a training opportunity for a maximum combined period of one (1) year, either pre-or post-graduation. This practical training may be authorized for an F-1 student who has been lawfully enrolled on a full time basis; which usually is granted after completion of their Ph.D. studies.
 
Please note: Paperwork for OPT must be applied for at least three months before the end of the applicant's Ph. D. program.
 
Curriculum Practical Training (CPT) is defined as alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education or other type of required internship or practicum that is an integral part of an established curriculum. Students must be authorized by the Designated School Official (DSO) in order to participate. A student may begin curricular practical training only after receiving his or her Form I–20 with the DSO endorsement. The current DSO at City of Hope is Kimberly Gentile, Immigration Specialist, Human Resources: 626-256-4673 ext. 63872
 
Spouses and Children of F-1 Visa Holders
The dependent spouse and/or children of the F-1 visa holder may be admitted into the United States as F-2 dependents. F-2 dependents are not permitted to engage in employment.
 
How to Apply for an F-1 Visa
For information or how to apply for a visa, please contact:
 
Kimberly Gentile
Immigration Specialist
Human Resources
626-256-HOPE (4673), ext. 63872
 
Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences
To learn about City of Hope’s admission requirements, or for information, please contact:
 
Steve Novak, Ph.D.
Irell & Manella Graduate School
of Biological Sciences
City of Hope
Miller Bldg., Rm.107
 
1500 E. Duarte Road.
Duarte, CA 91010
gradschool@coh.org
877-715-GRAD
 

E-3 Australian Visa

E-3 Australian Visa

The E-3 is a visa for Australian nationals who wish to work in specialty occupations in the United States (U.S.). It has many advantages over the other types of working visas, including the ability for spouses of E-3 recipients to apply for work authorization.
 
Eligibility Requirements
E-3 visas are like the H-1B visa in that the positions require highly specialized knowledge or expertise, and the minimum requirements are the same.
 
If the position qualifies as a "specialty occupation," the foreign national must then show that he or she meets the criteria for that position. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ( USCIS ) regulations state that the foreign national must meet one of the criteria stated above.
 
Maximum Period of Stay
E-3 visa status is granted initially for up to two (2) years, and can be renewed indefinitely.
 
Spouses and Children of E-3 Visa Holders
Spouses and/or children under the age of 21 who wish to accompany the principal E-3 visa holder (or join him/her at a later date) in the U.S. for the duration of his or her stay require E-3D visas. They can obtain their visas at theU.S. Consulate along with the E-3 visa holder.
 
Work
The spouse and/or children of an Australian national in the U.S. may work in the U.S. under E-3D status with the appropriate authorization. However, before working, an application for a work permit must be filed with the USCIS and be approved prior to beginning work. A Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Document Card must be filed with the local USCIS office that serves the area where they live.
 
How to Apply for an E-3 Australian Visa
Although most visa application petitions have to be filed through a USCIS service center, an E-3 visa application can be made at a U.S. Consulate. First, City of Hope must request a Labor Condition Application (LCA) from the Department of Labor. The applicant then may apply at the U.S. Consulate using the LCA and other supporting documentation (support letter, résumé and applicable academic degrees).
 
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