Reinstate Dr. Alamgir!
President Barchi and Chancellor Strom,
On June 28, 2018 an incoming resident to RWJMS, Dr. Mahin Alamgir, was told a day before orientation, that her contract would be rescinded due to her H-1B visa status not being accepted by Rutgers. Dr. Alamgir signed an individual contract dated April 23, 2018. Subsequently Dr. Alamgir received emails from the Rutgers Global International Faculty, Scholar and Student Adviser that there were no issues with the processing of her H-1B visa (pursuant to Rutgers policy here ) and that the process was moving along. All the necessary paperwork for her visa had been signed on by her residency program leadership and the Dean’s office. At no time prior to June 28, 2018 did Rutgers inform Dr. Alamgir that the H-1B visa status was not acceptable and that she had to instead be on a J-1 visa. She was told by the GME office that her appointment was rescinded solely on the basis of her visa status.
Dr. Alamgir turned down other programs to take a job with Rutgers at RWJMS. She leased an apartment in New Jersey, bought a car so that she could get to and from work, and submitted all of the necessary paperwork and fees in order to work in NJ. To compound matters, if she does not get the extension on her visa right away, she could be forced out of the country, all because Rutgers withdrew their offer of appointment at the last minute.
Dr. Alamgir and The Committee of Interns and Residents have reached out to Rutgers several times because Rutgers has not handled her situation appropriately, but to no avail.
We are urging you to reinstate Dr. Alamgir right away!