How to become a surgeon in the United States

How to become a surgeon in the United States

2022 was the year in which the most Brazilians obtained Green Cards: more than 23,000 Brazilians received the document last year.

If you are a doctor or surgeon in Brazil, you should know that medicine is a career that is highly valued by the US government, which considerably increases your chances of being approved for a green card.

This is because the American immigration system considers candidates who demonstrate exceptional or extraordinary abilities in the sciences, arts and business to be eligible for a green card - and medicine is certainly an essential area for the well-being and development of American society.

Shortage of professionals in the US

According to a study released in 2021 on the medical market, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) estimates that there will be a shortage of between 15,800 and 30,200 surgeons in the United States by 2034.

The long period of time and the high cost of training a specialist surgeon are factors that influence the slow replacement of doctors in the job market.

Surgeons of all specialties have good salary prospects in the United States, which has a predominantly private market.


According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary of a surgeon in the United States is 347 thousand dollars. This category covers different specialties within surgery, and the states with the highest annual salaries are

  • West Virginia: 365 thousand dollars.
  • Minnesota: 354 thousand dollars.
  • Massachusetts: 308 thousand dollars.

Also according to the US government, these are the average annual salaries for different medical specialties in the United States:

  • Pediatric surgeons: 362 thousand dollars.
  • Orthopedic surgeons: 371 thousand dollars.
  • Eye surgeons: 265 thousand dollars.

Opportunities in Tennessee

Senate Bill 1451, passed by the Tennessee Senate this year, makes it possible for foreign medical graduates to obtain a temporary medical license in the state as of July 2024.

After two years of professional practice in Tennessee, this doctor will be able to transform their temporary license into a "Full Unrestricted License" to practice freely in the state.

With the entry into force of Senate Bill 1451 , you may be able to immigrate to the United States and obtain your medical license in a less bureaucratic way, using your CV and professional experience as a doctor to work in a state that immediately needs professionals. 

EB-1 and EB-2 Visas: How to get a Green Card

In 1990, the US government passed the Immigration Act, which created employment-based visas from 1 to 5. These visas, known as EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, EB-4 and EB-5, cover different categories of professionals based on their skills.

If you are an invited member of medical associations, have national or international awards in your field or demonstrate academic distinction, your expertise is highly valued in the United States. 

America needs doctors!

Medicine is a crucial area for the well-being of the United States, and doctors have a high chance of being approved for green cards in the EB-1 and EB-2 categories.

As a surgeon, you have even more scarce expertise in the American market.

EB-2 NIW Visa: Requirements 

If you are a surgeon, have more than five years ' professional experience and exceptional or extraordinary skills in your field, you may be eligible for a Green Card!

In addition, if you are approved for a green card under this visa category, your spouse and children under 21 will also be granted their respective green cards,all without the need for a prior job offer in the United States.

America: the ideal destination for a doctor!

It doesn't matter whether you want to enhance your professional career, earn your salary in dollars, move permanently from Brazil or guarantee a stable and prosperous future for you and your children: America is the ideal destination for you and your family.

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