In a recent decision, USCIS demanded FCCPT issue Type 1 Certificates ONLY to graduates of university programs whose diploma reads “Master’s Degree” and who have at least 202.1 credit hours. Any graduate of a program that is equivalent to a US Master’s Degree will no longer be eligible to enter the US and practice Physical Therapy. In 2017, applicants will need a DPT to obtain a Type 1 Certificate.
Type 1 Certificate renewals will not be subject to this new ruling. Renewal applications do not examine education, but only licensure and verification of English proficiency. PTs with a current Type 1 can renew the Type 1 Certificate without being subject to the new standard. However, if the Type 1 expires, the PT will have to make a new application and will be subject to the new standard.
Type 1 Certificates are valid for five years from the date of issue. MU strongly advises PTs to timely renew their Type 1 Certification so that they can continue to maintain their immigration status and their ability to work in the US.
does this applies for CGFNS PT applicants?ReplyDelete
No - this blog post is for FCCPT Type I certificates.ReplyDelete
Does this apply to EB2/EB3 holders?ReplyDelete
Yes - if they have FCCPT Type I certificates they should not let them expire.Delete
I have FCCPT type I due for renewal in February 2017. I called the FCCPT help desk and the employee told me that I must wait for it to expire and then apply for renewal as if I apply now--it will RE-EVALUATE and then as a secondary service will renew. Please advise. ThanksReplyDelete
FCCPT has told MU that you can renew your Type 1 up to 90 days in advance of the expiration.Delete
Does this apply to PT's who are already green card holders?ReplyDelete
I think you don't need visascreen once you're green card holder. You don't need it for citizenship either. You're good!Delete
No - you do not need the Visa SCreen once you have your green card!Delete
@ding: you are of course correctDelete
I have an approved I-140 for EB3, do I still need to renew my FCCPT Type 1 certificate?ReplyDelete
I already have a type 1 visa screen certificate which will expire 2018? what should i do? can i renew it this year? do i need to take toefl again?
The TOEFL has to be current. This I am pretty sure.Delete
I'am a green card holder. My FCCPT has already expired. I'm planning to take my doctorate degree.Do I still need to renew my FCCPT?ReplyDelete
My Type 1 visa screen is expiring in December 2020. Will I need to have a re-evaluation if I apply 90 days before the expiry date?