View Full Version : How can I take step 3 on time for H1b

12-08-2008, 10:41 PM
Ok so I need to take step 3 like by the end of January, I am already studying for it. My diploma will be dated December 30th, so i can't apply till then. I want to have an idea of the time line from anyone who has taken the test. So if I have my diploma, December 30th, when is the earliest that I can take the test, when is the earliest that I will have my results.

I need an H1b visa real bad, y'all can't even understand. A lot of programs are telling me they need a passing grade by February, before ROL is placed.

Help please?

12-08-2008, 11:10 PM
Why the need to take Step 3, if you don't mind me asking?

12-08-2008, 11:19 PM
my post may not have been so clear. But I need to get an H1b visa, J1 will not do. Most programs I have interviewed at require that you have step 3 results available by Mid February to be in consideration for H1b

12-08-2008, 11:39 PM
Thanks for the reply, is it getting harder for non American citizens to get residencies in the US with the whole visa issue? I ask because I'm Canadian.

12-10-2008, 02:18 PM
I think that another issue you have to concern yourself with is that you also need to be ECFMG certified before you can apply for step 3. I believe you need your diploma to get that ECFMG certificate. Do you already have that done???

01-07-2009, 11:39 PM
How long does it take to get that ECFMG certificate once you have received your diploma?

01-09-2009, 02:38 PM
it took me 6 weeks to get ECFMG certified around this time due to the holidays. however, it took 2 weeks to get my step 3 score. Therefore, even though the process takes a while, you may have all 3 usmle's done before spring. Hope this helps

01-10-2009, 03:04 AM
Did you by chance take Step 3 before starting residency, as per requirements for the H1B?
Thanks for the info.

01-16-2009, 05:12 PM
I took it before residency, but I am a US citizen so i am not sure what the requirements are for the visa

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