The United States has invited medical professionals to apply for visa amid the increasing number of coronavirus COVID-19 cases. America has overtaken the number of confirmed cases worldwide and is scrambling to contain the spread.
Most parts of the country are on a two-week lockdown.
U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs, via its Twitter account, advised health personnel to contact their nearest Embassy for visa appointment.
“We encourage medical professionals seeking work in the U.S. on a work or exchange visitor visa (H or J), particularly those working on #COVID19 issues, to contact the nearest U.S. Embassy/Consulate for a visa appointment”, it tweeted.
There are nearly 90,000 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in the U.S.
The figure supersedes that of China, where the virus originated, as well as Italy, the worst hit country in Europe.
The statement read, “We encourage medical professionals seeking to work in the United States on a work or exchange visitor, particularly those working to treat or mitigate the effects of COVID-19, to reach out to the nearest embassy or consulate to request a visa appointment.
“For those foreign medical professionals already in the United States:
“J-1 Alien Physicians (medical residents) may consult with their programme sponsor, ECFMG, to extend their programmes in the United States. Generally, a J-1 program for a foreign medical resident can be extended one year at a time for up to seven years.”
It noted that the expiration date on a US visa did not determine how long one can be in the United States.
Numbers of infections in the two countries are just over 80,000 cases each.
Meanwhile President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping have discussed the global pandemic in a phone call.
Coronavirus has caused 25,000 deaths and affected 200 countries.
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