I am from vancouver canada, currently thinking of applying to saint james. I have read a ton about becoming an IMG and pretty much know everything now what things a canadian IMG will need to secure a residency and get licensed in the US. So far I can agree with many that getting your residency
program director to sponsor an H1B is the best route but I've seen that very few programs are willing to do this. So the best opportunities for us is the J1 visa. BUT, the "statement of need" form we need to get from Health Canada states that we must first write the MCCEE medical exam ($1000), pass that, wait 6 weeks for the result, then we can apply for J1.
I guess you should all try to do your best to try and convince the residency program directors to fix you an H1B but I don't know how big of a deal it would be for them.
Sooo, I would really appreciate ANYONE who has written the MCCEE or any canadian who has thought about all the hell they are going to have to go through to get a residency,...PLEASE share your views and comments about this. I am sure all canadians at SJSM would like to hear about this.