FCCPT Suspends Type II Visa Screen Process Effective September 1, 2009

Here is an announcement from the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT):

FCCPT Suspends Type II Visa Screen Process Effective September 1, 2009

USCIS requires that educational equivalence to US standards be determined in order to issue a Healthcare Worker Certificate for an H1B Visa. The Type II Visa Screen was initially developed to streamline the process for applicants already working in the US as licensed PTs who met the criteria for exemption from some of the requirements. In those cases, an educational equivalency review was not required.

The FCCPT has determined that the original purpose of the Type II Visa Screen has been achieved. The Type I process is now completed on average within three weeks; thus there is not longer a need for streamlining the process. In addition, the Type I process includes a comprehensive educational credentials review, which USCIS field offices require as part of the documentation for an H1B Visa. Therefore, the FCCPT will suspend accepting Type II Visa Screen applications on September 1, 2009.

To read the full announcement from the FCCPT, click here or visit the FCCPT website.

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2 thoughts on “FCCPT Suspends Type II Visa Screen Process Effective September 1, 2009”

  1. Based on the announcement:

    The requirements for the Type I include:
    1) English Language Proficiency on the TOEFL exams (unless exempt).
    2) Verification of eligibility to practice in country of education.
    3) Educational equivalency to the current US standards of education.
    o The FCCPT does an educational review based upon content. Applicants will need to have completed a minimum of 60 semester credits in general
    education and 90 in professional education, as well as meet the content requirements from the Coursework tool (CWT).

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  2. Hi,
    Anybody has applied for Type 1 certification recently?
    does it require 60 general credits???

    Please reply as soon as possible.
    thank you

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