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FOREIGN MEDICAL GRADUATES....J1/H1???

FOREIGN MEDICAL GRADUATES....J1/H1???

Old Nov 17th 2003, 7:49 pm
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Smitha
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Default FOREIGN MEDICAL GRADUATES....J1/H1???

Hey FMGs.....
I have a real problem here...is there anyody who can suggest
something for me,plzzzzzzz? Iam an IMG applying for various residency
programs this year....iam here on a visitor's visa and i like an
advise of wat VISA is to be accepted at Residencies.....a J1 OR H1? If
iam offered J1 and a program before i even interviewed with other
programs, shud i take it, or wait for some program to give me a H1? If
i do that and i land up nowhere,neither J1 or H1 then????Is it very
hard after the completion of my residency for getting my GC,
eventually, from J1?
 
Old Nov 18th 2003, 6:26 pm
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Sylvia Ottemoeller
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Default Re: FOREIGN MEDICAL GRADUATES....J1/H1???

"smitha" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Hey FMGs.....
    > I have a real problem here...is there anyody who can suggest
    > something for me,plzzzzzzz? Iam an IMG applying for various residency
    > programs this year....iam here on a visitor's visa and i like an
    > advise of wat VISA is to be accepted at Residencies.....a J1 OR H1?

The status used by most foreign medical graduates to perform graduate
medical education in the U.S. is the ECFMG J-1. This status obligates the
holder to the two-year home residence requirement of certain J-1 programs.
With this obligation, the holder cannot obtain H-1B or permanent residents
status in the U.S. until he has spent two years physically present in the
home country, or had the requirement waived. Waivers are hard to get.

H-1B status is available to some FMGs. They must have passed Parts I, II,
and III of USMLE, and they must be accepted by a program that is willing to
sponsor FMGs for H-1B as a matter of policy. Many programs, for example
UCLA, will not sponsor FMGs for H-1B status to authorize participation in a
residency.

If
    > iam offered J1 and a program before i even interviewed with other
    > programs, shud i take it, or wait for some program to give me a H1? If
    > i do that and i land up nowhere,neither J1 or H1 then????

This is a matter of judgment on your part. I don't think there are a lot of
FMGs who read this newsgroup. Maybe you can find another group or list
where someone might have a sense of how much of a chance you are taking by
not jumping at your first offer.

Is it very
    > hard after the completion of my residency for getting my GC,
    > eventually, from J1?

It's pretty hard, though a lot of people have done it. And it's expensive.
You may be looking at legal fees of $6 - 8 thousand for the waiver and the
same for the employment-based permanent resident process, not to mention the
temporary worker status you will probably need some time during the process.
See http://travel.state.gov/jvw.html,
http://www.shusterman.com/toc-phys.html.
 

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