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    j1 visa question..please help

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    To get a j1 visa, you need a letter of support from a province. Do you know if we are restricted to what provinces we can apply for a letter of support? Do you we have to be a residence of that province? Secondly, how many years are we obliged to work in an under-service area once our j1 visa is up?

    thanks!

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    j1 visa question..please help

    To get a j1 visa, you need a letter of support from a province.
    Do you know if we are restricted to what provinces we can apply for a letter of support? Do you we have to be a residence of that province?
    how many years are we obliged to work in an under-service area
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    Eligibility for a Statement of Need is either Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada.

    All applications from IMGs for J1 visa support from Canada are reviewed by the Program Administrator at Health Canada. Provinces provide direction to the Program Administrator annually about needed specialties.
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    First off, thank you for coming onto this forum.


    I have followup questions:

    What about the J1 wavier? Can we get that signed at the same place?

    And, how readily will Health Canada agree to the wavier (especially since there are hardly any residency spots for IMG in Canada after the first round of CARMS)?

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    i got one more question !

    firstly thanks for coming here and clearing up few doubts.

    but the problem here is that situation is still not clear u told us about who handles the statement of need applications but on question of j1 waiver ur answer was

    " We play no role in the so-called "J1 waiver". "

    than who does ?

    so plz make it more clear by telling us whom (person/org/office) should be contacted for the so called no objection letter for j1 waiver.


    waiting for a reply
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    Visa vs Waiver

    Hi

    you have it all mixed up

    J-1 VISA and J-1 WAIVER -> are two different things!!

    To start a residency in the U.S. you will need to get a J-1 VISA

    AFTER your residency ends, if you want to stay in the U.S., then you get a J-1 WAIVER

    To start a residency in the U.S. you need a J-1 VISA, and to get this visa you need the 'Statement of Need' letter from Health Canada

    All the info onw how to obtain it is listed here:

    http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hppb/healthca...004/index.html

    Keep in mind you need to pass MCCEE first

    it is only offered 3 times a year and it costs one thousand dollars, info about that test is here: www.mcc.ca

    Health Canada makes it an big nightmare for us, by creating 6 requirements we must first fullfill, before they issue the "Statement of Need to us"

    Almost every country in the world issues their citizens the 'Statement of Need' based on one letter of request or one phone call.

    So many Canadians have obtained residencies in the U.S., and then find out that Health Cnada will NOT give them the Statement of Need.

    Canada. . . . a nightmare come true.

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    J1 Visa - Waiver of Home Country Presence

    Physicians receive a ministry of health letter from the Government of Canada (Health Canada) when they have signed an application form agreeing to return to Canada to practice medicine in the specialty for which they will have received training and provided .

    The ministry of letter states, with integrity, that trained specialists are needed in Canada and that they have assured us they are returning to Canada to practice medicine. There is, therefore, an expectation that these physician will return; indeed, efforts to assist with recruitment, certification and licensure in Canada are genuine.

    In my role as Program Administrator, I have no authority to provide any information or opinion on regulations that govern a visa issued by the US, nor can I provide any information on how to obtain a waiver of the requirement for home country presence.

    My presence in this Forum is to inform of my role in obtaining the Statement of Need from the Government of Canada, and to inform on the efforts to provide guidance with a physician's return to Canada.
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    Just my opinion.

    Work hard and go right for the H1-B. J-1 is not a good option if you plan to stay in the US.

    KDog

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    ok

    ok.

    does anybody on this planet knows where i can find info (official) about securing an 'official' j1 waiver as a canadian img (in case i need it few years from now)

    thanx
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