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    Green card/Visa issues for Canadian FMG's

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    Are there any Canadian graduates from Carribbean(or other international medical schools) who have finished residency in the U.S. and started a job? I recently heard that it takes a VERY long time often to get a Green Card after 9/11...are there any people currently trying to secure a job in the U.S who have finished residency after the past few years? what problems have you encountered trying to get a green card/work visa(J1 or J2?) What visa do you require to work in the U.S after residency? Is it possible to work in Canada or another country if you cannot get a Green Card/Visa?

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    canadian in the u.s.

    Its very easy to get a visa to work in the U.S., if you're a Canadian Citizen with a profession. Canada is the only country in the world that has this treaty with the States. I believe its called the TN Visa or the I-94 or something like that. Alot of large medical facilities in the States actually have their own international department set up in human resources, for the purpose of dealing with this issue alone. I think there is also a way for you to adjust your status once you are working in the U.S., so that you can just stay there and continue to work and live until you receive your Green Card. Do a search for the TN Visa, or "adjustment of status" and immigration, or something to that effect. I can vouch for the simplicity of working in the U.S. as a Canadian, but I have no clue about adjusting your status.
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    Re: Green card/Visa issues for Canadian FMG's

    Quote Originally Posted by Canadiansnow
    are there any people currently trying to secure a job in the U.S who have finished residency after the past few years? what problems have you encountered trying to get a green card/work visa(J1 or J2?) What visa do you require to work in the U.S after residency? Is it possible to work in Canada or another country if you cannot get a Green Card/Visa?
    hey,

    The J1 visa can be used for residency, but you have to remember the "2 year return to your home country requirement". After that you can apply to the US and find an employer who will sponsor the H1B visa.

    The TN visa (as stated by the above poster) cannot be used by physicians (that would be easy!) But it can be used for research purposes. Other professions (nurses, engineers) can use the TN visa to work in the US.

    Finding work in Canada (as a physician?) Well it's difficult for foreigners as it stands now. You will have to go through the Royal College and have them evaluate your education and do board exams.

    A.

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    yeah

    Um...what HE said...
    Thats what I meant to say
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    Re: Green card/Visa issues for Canadian FMG's

    Quote Originally Posted by Canadiansnow
    Are there any Canadian graduates from Carribbean(or other international medical schools) who have finished residency in the U.S. and started a job? I recently heard that it takes a VERY long time often to get a Green Card after 9/11...are there any people currently trying to secure a job in the U.S who have finished residency after the past few years? what problems have you encountered trying to get a green card/work visa(J1 or J2?) What visa do you require to work in the U.S after residency? Is it possible to work in Canada or another country if you cannot get a Green Card/Visa?
    Yes, since 9/11 there has been a tremendous backlog of applications waiting to be process so no matter what visa type you have it's going to take a while.

    For J1 visa holders you need to find a job, either in a rural area or the inner city that will sponsor you a waiver from your home country 2 year requirement. This means that you will have to work for that entity for at lease 3 years before you can even apply for the green card. As long as you stay with the same organization you shouldn't have any problems getting your green card. INS hope to get rid of the backlog before the end of 2006.

    I am a Canadian citizen who when to medical school in the Dominican Republic and now praticing medicine in Michgan. I got caught up with the backlog. I finished my waiver in 2000. Needless to say, I am still waiting for my green card.

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