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Dear Colleagues,
I know that dentists who graduate from accredited Canadian dental schools are eligible to practice in the USA, but do you know if a foreign-trained dentist who is licensed in Canada through the NDEB Equivalency Process is eligible to apply for a license in the USA in general and in Washington State in particular?
Please share what you know. Your help is truly appreciated!
Thank you very much!
 

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Depends on a state. Some require a PR or citizenship
Then there is an issue of getting a work visa. License does not automatically gives you a right to work in a country
Canadians are welcome to live in States for 6 months of a year, but they can't work, unless they get work visa
 
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ourlovestory

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Depends on a state. Some require a PR or citizenship
Then there is an issue of getting a work visa. License does not automatically gives you a right to work in a country
Canadians are welcome to live in States for 6 months of a year, but they can't work, unless they get work visa
oralcare123, Thank you very much!
 
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Depends on a state. Some require a PR or citizenship
Then there is an issue of getting a work visa. License does not automatically gives you a right to work in a country
Canadians are welcome to live in States for 6 months of a year, but they can't work, unless they get work visa
I thought canadians could get a work visa under NAFTA? They just had to have a job offer?
 
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I thought canadians could get a work visa under NAFTA? They just had to have a job offer?
Hi Anondds87, I am not sure if Canadian dentists who are foreign-trained and got their license thru the Canadian equivalency process (not thru an accredited Canadian program) can even practice in the USA, even if they get a job offer. Most of the states require 2 years of pre-doctoral or post-doctoral from an accredited Canadian or USA dental program to fulfill the license requirements in the USA.
 
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Hi Anondds87, I am not sure if Canadian dentists who are foreign-trained and got their license thru the Canadian equivalency process (not thru an accredited Canadian program) can even practice in the USA, even if they get a job offer. Most of the states require 2 years of pre-doctoral or post-doctoral from an accredited Canadian or USA dental program to fulfill the license requirements in the USA.
Yes you are right. However, that is a separate issue isnt it?
A working visa is totally separate from being liscenced. If you can get a job offer, then you can get a liscence under NAFTA?
Getting a job offer assumes you filled all the requirements, but the visa isnt affected by what you did to get the job offer.
Unless I'm missing something?
 
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Yes you are right. However, that is a separate issue isnt it?
A working visa is totally separate from being liscenced. If you can get a job offer, then you can get a liscence under NAFTA?
Getting a job offer assumes you filled all the requirements, but the visa isnt affected by what you did to get the job offer.
Unless I'm missing something?
Not really.
Majority of states require a 2 year accredited school education for licensing. NAFTA or not :)
Work visa is also not a given - immigration officer is free to deny you one
First you need to get licensed, get all appropriate insurances, then look for a job
 
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Not really.
Majority of states require a 2 year accredited school education for licensing. NAFTA or not :)
Work visa is also not a given - immigration officer is free to deny you one
First you need to get licensed, get all appropriate insurances, then look for a job
Yes I think we are talking about two different things.

If you do all the liscencing stuff (2yrs post doc etc), and become eligible for a liscence in a particular state, and get a job offer, then you can get a work visa through NAFTA?
 
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