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January 30, 1943

Government Services

JAMA. 1943;121(5):365. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840050063022

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Urge Speedy Naturalization of Alien Physicians  Because of the acute shortage of civilian physicians throughout the United States, the Immigration and Naturalization Service has been directed to expedite the naturalization of alien physicians, according to a release from the Department of Justice, January 16. Immigration Commissioner Earl G. Harrison has issued instructions to expedite the filing of petitions for naturalization and to hold hearings in advance of their regular order on the calendar in the cases of practicing alien physicians or aliens who would be qualified to practice if they were citizens. In issuing the instructions, Commissioner Harrison pointed out that many states, either by statute or by the administrative ruling of licensing boards, require applicants to establish American citizenship before they are admitted to the state licensing examinations for the medical profession. Other states, he said, issue temporary licenses which are subject to cancellation unless citizenship is obtained within

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