Statements of Need are issued by Health Canada to medical graduates to assist them to obtain a J-1 Visa to pursue post-graduate medical training in the United States. The Statement of Need is one of many requirements of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) that must be met before a J-1 Visa can be issued.
The designated visa for foreign national physicians is the J-1 Visa, a temporary non-immigrant visa reserved for participants in the Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program (ESVP).
When medical graduates wish to pursue post-graduate medical training in the United States, they must obtain an appropriate visa that permits entry to the United States to undertake clinical training activities.
Medical graduates must apply to the Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to obtain the J-1 Visa.
To obtain the J-1 Visa, applicants must, among other requirements, obtain a Statement of Need.
Statements of Need confirm that qualified medical practitioners are needed in Canada and that the medical graduates who are pursuing postgraduate medical education in the United States sincerely intend to return to Canada and practice medicine in the field of medicine in which they will receive the training.
The Government of Canada, through Health Canada, issues Statements of Need on behalf of Canadian provincial and territorial jurisdictions. List of contacts within Provincial and Territorial Ministries / Departments of Health. It is expected that applicants, who wish to pursue postgraduate medical education in the United States, will be training in medical specialties that have been identified in provincial or territorial physician resource planning, and that the physician will be returning to Canada to practice medicine. The requirements for obtaining a Statement of Need from the Government of Canada are subject to change as they are reviewed annually by provincial and territorial governments and Health Canada.
Applicants must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada and must meet the requirements for obtaining a Statement of Need posted each January.
In order to apply for a Statement of Need, candidates must complete an application form and provide a number of required documents to Health Canada. There are several versions of the application form and specific requirements depending on the profile of the applicant and the type of medical training that is being sought in the United States.
To find out more how to apply for a Statement of Need, please select the category that best describes you:
If your circumstances are not described above or you have questions about determining your category, please contact the Program Administrator using the following email address: email@example.com.
Physicians with a current Statement of Need who wish to change the specialty, to change the location of the training program (same specialty), or to undertake additional postgraduate medical training in a sub-specialty, fellowship or Chief Resident program in the United States, must apply to Health Canada for a new Statement of Need.
For more information about obtaining a new Statement of Need, select the applicant category that you used for your initial Statement of Need application from the list of categories above, and follow the links for "I already have a Statement of Need".
If they wish, recipients of a Statement of Need can be provided with assistance with seeking employment opportunities in Canada via a recruitment process. In order to participate in this recruitment process, applicants must sign the form entitled Consent to the Disclosure of Personal Information to Provincial and Territorial Governments for Recruitment Purposes.
By signing the Consent Form, the recipient of the Statement of Need permits Health Canada to disclose their personal contact information to provincial and territorial governments for recruitment purposes. Please note that disclosure of contact information will not automatically result in employment offers.
The Consent Form may be signed at the time of application for a Statement of Need or at any time during the training in the United States. Declining to sign the Consent Form will not affect Health Canada's decision whether or not to issue a Statement of Need.
Applicants must first submit, in writing, the rationale for obtaining a Statement of Need now from the Government of Canada.
Applications for a Statement of Need from the Government of Canada from physicians who already have J-1 Visa sponsorship, with support from another country, will be reviewed and assessed on a case-by-case basis, and every application will be reviewed by the federal-provincial-territorial committee.
Each application will be assessed against the following criteria:
If you have questions about determining your category or require additional information about applying for a Statement of Need, please contact the Program Administrator using the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.