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canadian applying for USA residency? Visa problem?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by Canadiangirl, Dec 18, 2005.

  1. Canadiangirl

    Canadiangirl Junior Member
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    Apparently, (read somewhere) There has been up to 2 years waiting period for getting H1-b visa for canadian students graduating from a US school to start residency?

    Is this information accurate? Will canadian students be left high and dry after graduation if the paper works are not finished? Any canadian students graduated from a US DO program facing or faced similar problems?

    thanks your input
     
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  3. f_w

    f_w 1K Member
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    There is no formal waiting period for an H1b. There is however recently a problem that the goverment runs out of H1bs after only a couple of weeks (after oct1st) There are only about 55.000 visas available, but far more people applying (if you do a residency at a non-profit or university hospital, you are exempt from that 'cap').

    Also, if you graduate from a degree granting program (like a DO school) you can obtain a 'OPT' work permit. This employment authorization is limited to a 1 year period of occupational practical training, which is exacly what your PGY-1 year represents. During that year you can sort out your visa options.
     
  4. dr.z

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    You can also get J-1 visa. You'll be required to spend 2 years in your home country if you want to change the visa status from J-1 to something else, but there is also way around this as well.
     
  5. f_w

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    For canadians, the process to obtain the 'statement of need' from 'health canada' is a royal PITA.

    If you intend to stay in the US for good, aim for a H1b visa (or marry a citizen).

    By the way, if you graduated from a US medschool, your H1b can be charged to a special quota of 20.000 visas reserved for US graduate students.
     
  6. JJcandy

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    are international students restricted to which residency positions they can apply to because of visa issues? Are there residency programs that do not offer position for international studnets?
     
  7. f_w

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    Not officially, but in reality not all residency programs will sponsor the necessary visas.
     

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