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Today's Poll

Do you think CT should make it easier for international physicians to practice here?
Poll Description

Currently, it’s difficult for internationally educated and trained physicians to practice in the United States, but some people say making it easier would help ease the health care workforce shortage. 

The two biggest barriers to practicing in the U.S. are visas and licensing. Visas, which give non-citizens permission to be in the country, are controlled by the federal government. Licensing, which controls a doctor’s ability to practice medicine, is controlled by states. 

States such as Illinois, Florida and Virginia have passed measures to eliminate the residency requirement under certain conditions. Other states, including Alabama and Colorado, have passed laws to shorten residency requirements for internationally trained physicians.