AAO Rules That MBBS Degree Qualifies Under the Employment-Based Second Preference

Published: 04th February 2011
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In recent times, attorneys who have been representing foreign physicians with an MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree have reported that the USCIS Nebraska Service Center (NSC) and Texas Service Centers (TSC) have rejected arguments that the MBBS qualifies as an advanced degree. Since the MBBS is normally awarded as a first degree in countries such as India and Pakistan, after 12 years of secondary school education, the USCIS has taken the position that an MBBS does not qualify as an advanced degree.

MBBS in India:
Although MBBS is not the only degree for becoming a doctor in India, as there are other branches of medicine like Ayurveda and Homeopathy, it is still the most coveted of all the medical degrees in India. For pursuing an MBBS degree in India one needs to complete 12 years of study and admission to most medical colleges in India are done on the basis of medical entrance test of various medial colleges. The Central board of Secondary education also conducts an All India Pre Medical Entrance Test for admission to 15% of the total seats for medical and dental courses in all medical and dental colleges run by the Union of India. For pursuing MBBS in india, one needs to pass the higher secondary examination or its equivalent in the science stream with biology as a subject.
MBBS in Bangladesh:
For pursuing MBBS in Bangladesh also one needs to complete 12 years of study and admission to MBBS courses of most medical colleges in both public and private sectors in Bangladesh is done through an entrance test.

MBBS in Pakistan:
The Medical and Dental Council of Pakistan rules that for pursuing MBBS degree one needs candidates should have passed the Intermediate Science (F.Sc.) Examination (Medical Group) securing at least 60% marks in aggregate, unadjusted, from a Pakistani university or an equivalent examination.

MBBS is thus one of the most serious and toughest courses that one needs to pursue for being a medical practitioner. But as mentioned earlier it has many equivalents and it is known differently in different countries.

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