Physicians Licensing Outside of the USA
MedLicense.com is the only Physician Licensing Service which provides International Licensing Services to Physicians from the USA. There are a number of reasons for this.
- The Staff of MedLicense.com can converse in over 7 Languages.
- Over 150,000 licenses have been issued through MedLicense.com since 2001. Experience matters
- MedLicense.com understands the Apostille Process
- MedLicense.com has licensed physicians in over 13 Countries since 2001
Things a Physician should know before deciding to License Overseas
Direct Source Verifications
Most Countries utilize the European Licensure System, not the American One. In the American Licensing System, the State Medical Boards directly verify a physicians core credentials along with other direct source verifications. These include but are not limited to: Medical School, Training Hospitals, Exam Scores, Medical Licenses, Criminal History, Employment, Privileges, Board Certification, Professional References, Malpractice History, and various National Databases.
The majority of the World's Medical Boards do not directly verify a physician's core credentials. They typically just require that the physician have their Diplomas and Certificates Officially Validated by their State/Country where they were issued and then by their own Consulate in that locality. This is the "Apostille" Process. The Apostile Process is the legal validation of official documents. The process of Apostille can require travel by the Physician, depending on the Country's requirements.
From the US Department of State's Website:
Apostilles authenticate the seals and signatures of officials on public documents such as birth certificates, court orders, or any other document issued by a federal agency or certified by a U.S. or foreign consul. An apostille certifies the document(s), so the document can be recognized in foreign countries that are members of the 1961 Hague Convention Treaty. We only issue apostilles for federal documents to use in countries that are members of the 1961 Hague Convention.
The Majority of the USA State Medical Boards do not ask about or care about your practice plans in their State. Only the Oregon Medical Board mandates that your practice plans be disclosed and verified. However, when licensing in other Countries, your practice plans and Job Offer will be a determining factor as to whether or not you will be approved or denied. The USA Physician Licensing System typically doesn't require a Job Offer. The European Physician Licensing System typically does require a Verifiable Job Offer.
Immigration and Work Authorization
Physicians coming to America typically do not have to show proof of Immigration Status and Work Authorization to apply for a State Medical License. There are a few exceptions to the rule, given that there are over 55 Medical Boards. With International Medical Licensing, the Physician must arrange for all required Immigration and Work Authorization applications to be filed and progressed while applying for the Country's Medical License. Many will not issue the license until the Government has granted admittance into the Country along with the required Authorization to Work.
MedLicense.com International Licensing Service
The licensing process over seas can take Years to complete. There is no expedited route to licensure. The Bureaucracy is always a problem. The process is not warrantied due to the arbitrary nature of the process, the immigration and work authorizations, along with the lack of recourse by the physician being a foreign applicant of the Country in Question. Our fee for licensing a physician in an Country with an European Licensure Process is $5900.