Post Residency Options Canadian doing US FM Residency

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Spoony Fuzz

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Apr 12, 2016
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First year FM resident in the US. Here on a J-1 visa. Both wife and I are from Canada and would like to move back after completing residency. Lots of Canadians in residency with me under similar circumstances and are hoping to hear from some who have gone this route. Getting a little information from second and third years, but not sure all of it is accurate.

First and foremost, what are the steps that need to be taken to go from US residency completion to working as a practicing physician in Canada? Would like to transition quickly as to avoid not drawing a paycheck.

Secondly, has anyone transitioned from being on a J-1 to a H1-B to avoid immediately moving back to Canada? Or had an employer able to extend or issue a new J-1 without leaving the country? Wouldn't mind the option of staying a year or two if there was a long segue in being allowed to practice in Canada.

Would be glad to hear anyone's experiences or advice. Thank you.


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Oct 31, 2006
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yeah there's a Canada subforum in international