Long-time lurker here! I was just wondering anyone could advise as I have a bit of a dilemma regarding weddings and visas. Background: UK grad aiming for top peds programs in North East. USMLE: Step 1 >260, Step 2CK >260, Step 2CS (will take soon) USCE: , 1 month Elective placement LOR: Undecided (could get one from the above USCE or from placements as a student in UK or from jobs post-graduating in UK - suggestions?) Pubs/Pres: 2 publications, 3 posters Other: Graduated in 2010, will have completed the 'Foundation Programme' - a fairly compulsary 2 year internship in the UK including 4 months of peds. Will then use the 10 months between end of F2 and start of residency to do the Diploma of tropical medicine, work in Africa and travel to interviews. Dilemma: I was planning to marry my fiance next June (US citizen who I've been with for 4 years) and then apply next September (to start in 2013). I understand that it should take ~9 months to get my green card so likely to receive it in March 2013 (although will be well along with the process by interview time). No reasons we should have any problems with the green card application. Do you think programs will look poorly at me as the green card will not be fully finalised or will they understand that its pending? I'd really prefer to marry then and not bring it forward to January but perhaps I ought to if it'll be a major disadvantage. Would it be worth contacting specific programs to introduce myself and ask? Thanks in advance!