In the ongoing battle against coronavirus, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has given permission for H1B visa holding doctors to practice telemedicine. The decision comes amid surging demand for healthcare professionals during the pandemic and to ease the strain on local hospitals.

The new guidelines outlined by USCIS will give hospitals greater flexibility to meet the need for medical treatment during the COVID-19 crisis.

The changes will be particularly beneficial in rural areas, where medical facilities rely heavily on the H1B visa program to employ people for critical job vacancies. Meanwhile, the American Dentist Association (ADA), recently urged the federal government to extend its current 60-day grace period to 180 days for unemployed or furloughed dentists who hold a US H1B visa.

The US Department of Labor and the Department of Homeland Security does not keep a record of the number of US dentists who hold an H1B visa. However, the ADA estimates that there are 1,200 dentists with H1B visas in the United States.

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