H-1B Support Letter Template for Clinical Resident/Fellow Positions

Modify the letter as appropriate.  Print on UMMS letterhead with signature from Resident Program Director.


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
California Service Center
ATTN: Cap Exempt H-1B Processing Unit
24000 Avila Road, Room 2312
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

RE: H-1B, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker
Petitioner: University of Massachusetts Medical School
Beneficiary: <NAME OF APPLICANT>
Position: Resident Physician <PGY LEVEL>

To Whom It May Concern:

This letter is submitted in support of the petition of the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) to employ <NAME OF APPLICANT> as an H-1B temporary worker. We believe that <NAME OF APPLICANT> qualifies for H-1B status, as the position of Resident Physician <PGY LEVEL> is a professional one, requiring a Doctor of Medicine degree.

UMMS, one of the fastest growing academic health centers in the country, has built a reputation as a world- class research institution, consistently producing noteworthy advances in clinical and basic research. The school attracts more than $255 million in research funding annually, 80% of which comes from federal funding sources. Research funding enables UMMS scientists to explore human disease from the molecular level to large-scale clinical trials. The basic and clinical research performed at UMMS has led to new approaches for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.

<NAME OF APPLICANT> is being offered the position of Resident Physician <PGY LEVEL> within the <DEPARTMENT NAME> at UMMS. <NAME OF APPLICANT> will participate in our educational and clinical program, admit patients, conduct complete histories and physical examinations of patients, as well as follow the course of the patients’ illnesses in the Hospital under the direction of teaching staff or attending physicians. The Resident Physician will also become familiar with the most recent research, attend Grand Rounds and teaching conferences. In light of these demanding tasks, a candidate for the position of Resident Physician <PGY LEVEL> is required to possess a Doctor of Medicine Degree, an Educational Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates’ Certificate (ECFMG), and proof of passing USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3. In addition, a Resident Physician must hold a current Massachusetts Medical License.

<NAME OF APPLICANT> is ideally qualified for the Resident Physician <PGY LEVEL> position. <APPLICANT NAME> has a Medical Degree from the <INSTITUTE AWARDING DEGREE>. In addition to <HIS/HER> educational credentials, <NAME OF APPLICANT> has a valid ECFMG Certificate, has passed the USMLE Step 1, 2, and 3 Examinations and has a current Massachusetts Medical License. The combination of <NAME OF APPLICANT>’s education, skills and experience makes <HIM/HER> eminently qualified for the Resident Physician position in the <NAME OF DEPARTMENT> at UMMS. 

<NAME OF APPLICANT will be paid < SALARY> per year for services as a Resident Physician <PGY LEVEL> in addition to standard fringe benefits appropriate to <HIS/HER> position. The dates of this requested employment are <START DATE> to <END DATE>.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.