All visitors to the US that are enrolled at RUSM must ensure that they are both familiar and comply with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations.
It is the sole responsibility of students to ensure that their immigration status remains valid at all times while being present in the Unites States both during their enrollment at RUSM, and during residency planning activities.
Students are advised that RUSM has no control over or decision making authority with respect to granting of visas, periods of stay or any other immigration requirement the United States government has in place at any time.
Students that enroll and attend clinical science semesters and are scheduled at clerkships throughout the US must ensure that USCIS has accurate information on their plans and physical location in the US.
Students must ensure that they provide updated and accurate address information, ensure that they update USCIS with proper hospital documentation should a clerkship arrangement change, and ensure compliance to all local, state, and federal laws.
It is the responsibility of the student to request updated documentation for enrollment verification and hospital confirmation of a clerkship schedule to provide to USCIS to obtain a new visa or extend an authorized stay date.
Visa Requirements Prior to Check-In of Incoming Foundations of Medicine Students
During your studies you will be considered a guest in Dominica. As such, you will be required to comply with all local and international immigration laws. The Office of the Registrar and Immigration Advisor are available to guide you.
Students who do not obtain a visa during their first semester will not be allowed to register for second semester and may be administratively withdrawn.
Non-resident visitors will be granted an entry stamp valid for one week to six months based on citizenship and conversation held with the immigration officer at the port of entry.
Citizens of certain countries may require an entry visa, which must be obtained prior to arriving in Dominica.
Please see the campus Office of Student Affairs for more information, and submit all visa-related requests to the RUSM Senior Student Central Advocate – Immigration.
Visa Requirements for International Students in Clinical Clerkships
RUSM will provide letters of verifications from the Office of the Registrar and the affiliated hospital sites to qualifying international students requiring a B-1 visa to enter the United States once the student has submitted their USMLE Step 1 sitting date and scheduled their IMF session. It is recommended that international students contact the Director of Stu ent Services in Miramar with any questions relating to visa requirements during the clinical science semesters.