Policy for Student Visa Holders
The University of Washington has a new visa policy requirement for students that are currently on F-1 student visas.
- In the event you match with the University of Washington General Surgery residency program, your F-1 visa will convert to an OPT for the R1 year.
- In the past, residents on OPT would then apply for a H-1B visa. The University hopes to continue to provide H1 B visas to residents on OPT. However, we cannot guarantee this process will continue in the future.
- Assuming H1-B visas will continue to be offered to OPT students, the new visa policy requires that we receive pre-approval from our GME office and the International Service offices in order to place you on our rank list.
Foreign nationals that are selected to interview with our program will be provided with a list of documents/data that will be required by our GME Office