The amount of time needed to study for the boards varies. Some people need a few weeks, and some people take review courses. I think the review courses are a good idea for some, especially a person like you who is a few years away from your basic sciences. look at Kaplan, and the other one's out there.
FP is very easy to get. You will only need to pass the boards to get a residency in FP. If you want a more competitve University program you will need to do better, of course. During residency you make somewhere around $35,000. can be more or less depending on where you go.
There are lots of jobs for IMGs in FP in the US. I assume you speak spanish?? That should help a lot. You will likely come to residency on a J-1 or H-1 visa. I believe the H-1 to be better as it is a work visa (??). Even if you come on a J-1 there are J-1 waver jobs (with a J-1 you have to leave the US for 3 years before returning to work once you are done your residency) where you will work in an underserved area for a couple years. Pay isn't great fo these jobs, but it lets you stay in the US and work, and you can get a green card afterward. I think pay is around 75-80K for these jobs. Once you have a green card you should find a job in the $90K + per year range. Pay is much more than $3000 per month. Good luck to you. G
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