Procedure for issuance of Statement of Need from Pakistan Federal Health Ministry

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State_emblem_of_Pakistan.svgApplicants who apply for Graduate Medical Education in USA and opt for ECFMG sponsorship (J1 Visa) to participate in a clinical training program are required to provide a Statement of Need from the central/federal office of the Ministry of Health in his/her country of most recent legal permanent residence.

The document has to be issued by the central office of the Ministry of Health of the country of most recent legal permanent residence. In Pakistan, the ministry of health has been devolved following 18th amendment to the constitution and Ministry of National Regulation and Services has been authorized the responsibility for issuance of Statement of Need.

All applications will be processed by the Ministry of National Regulations and Services,  Islamabad and are required to fill in the prescribed Application Form and submit application with all the supporting documents along with the prescribed affidavit.

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS FOR LETTER OF NEED FOR DOCTORS

 All the documents should be attested by a gazetted government officer with a BPS of 18 or more.

  • Application form

  • Letter of contract

  • MBBS Degree [duly verified by issuing institute/Higher Education Commission (HEC)]

  • Valid PMDC registration duly verified by PMDC (A provisional PMDC Certificate is also valid)

  • Valid copy of CNIC

  • Valid Copy of Passport

  • Fresh Affidavit of Rs.20/- (Specimen)

(If documents are submitted by any other person, authority letter from the concerned person to receive the same must be provided).

After all documents have been prepared by the applicant you have to appear in person yourself or by any authorized person (If documents are submitted by any other person, authority letter from the concerned person to receive the same must be provided) at the following address and issue your Statement of Need (SON).

Ministry of National Regulation and Services
Local Government Offices, Second floor, G-5/2
Islamabad

  • Hassaan Iftikhar

    How long would it take to issue statement of need after all the required Documents have been submitted?

  • Roland String

    Thankyou for the helpful article, i have a question that if im getting a j visa (1year contract) , will i need to send the statement of need when i renew my contract next year ? Or is it a 1 time deal ?

    • It depends on what contract you give them at the time of asking for the letter. If it says residency is 4 year and hospital is giving a one year contract. You will get a 4 year letter from ministry.

  • zahid imran

    MBBS degree verified by the principal of the issuing college is acceptable?

    • Burhan Ahmed, MD

      Depends on whose signature is with ECFMG