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    H1 visa info

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    Well, I just received my H1 in the mail today. Turns out that they don't send the "actual visa" to u. U have to goto the nearest US embassy or to the border to actually pick it up. Plus u gotta bring a bunch of other documents with u (ie. passport, I-797, residency contract, I-129b). Pain in the **** is all I have to say. And for those of you wondering, if u get an H1, it is ONLY good for that one employer. So if u decide to switch to another place, you'll have to get your new employer to sponsor u again for the visa. Just thought I'd pass this along.


    S.Chow, MD
    soon-to-be PGY-1, St.John Medical Centre, Tulsa, OK

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    Just some advice,
    my cousin told me the same thing as well......that the H1 visa is only good for one employer.....HOWEVER, he did the smart thing, and while he was still in his first year with them in residency, he applied for dual citizenship through an immigration lawyer (which is possible once you have an H1) and now he doesn't have to worry about visa issues.

    ~~ryan

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    dual citizenship

    Hmmmm.....interesting. Is your cousin a Canadian citizen also? I didn't realize that u can have dual citizenships for Canada and the US. I know for sure that it's possible for Canada and the UK though. I'll have to check on that. Thanks! That's definately something to keep in mind.


    S.Chow, MD
    soon-to-be PGY-1, St.John Medical Center, Tulsa, OK

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    citizenship

    I think what chocolatecowboy is referring to is permanent resident status rather than citizenship. Persons on H1B can apply for permanent residency (the "green card"), whereas citizenship only comes after some period of time in the US, I think maybe 7 years. Residency status confers upon a person all the rights and priveleges of regular citizens, except for a couple things (perhaps the right to vote, I'm not exactly sure).

    The main advantage of the H1B visa is this ability to apply for perm resident status...other visas (i.e., J1 for our purposes) will not permit you to do this.
    CanIMG
    Moderator - Canadian IMG and Immigration Visa Forums

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    questine for Canimg

    when one applys for a green card from an H1b ..dont they have to work in an underserviced area for 3 yrs in order to get the green card?

    and if so does the H1b holder get to choose that area underserved or is it by the usa govt?

    any info would be helpful thanks

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    h-1b and GC

    after one gets the H-1B (the best visa)

    you are eligible to apply for a green card, which most people do anyways

    and if you are a doctor then you will get one for sure

    after you get your green card, there are no restrictions on you

    you are free to go anywhere in the U.S. to practice, you can go to a major city or if you wish a small town it's totally up to you

    heck you will be a PERMANENT resident of the U.S.!!!


    in contrast with J-1 (the worst visa) you have t go back to canada and live at home with your parents for two years. . .because getting a license to practice medicine in Canada is . . . well . . .you do the research

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    thanks toby

    thanks toby for the info... thats good news...but i have barely passing USMLE 1 scores...all i want is Internal medicince...do you think its still possible to get a H1b

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    q's

    S. CHow

    can you please tell me what is

    I-797

    and what is

    I-129b


    ??

    thanks

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    forms

    Hehe, I have no idea! Just do a search for it on the 'net. That's how I found out what a I-94 form was.
    S.Chow, MD
    Cardiology, PGY-4

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