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    J-1 Visa is a nightmare for Canadians

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    J-1 Visa is a Nightmare for Canadians

    INTRO


    If you decide that since getting a license to practice medicine in Canada is so difficult that you will just wait for those two years and then go back to the U.S, then you still have problems.

    Because after those two years are up, you have to find an employer in the U.S. that is willing to sponsor you for the H-1B Visa! Because that is what you now need to go back to the U.S. to work as a physician.

    Also during job interviews they will ask you "what have you done in the last two years?" and if you answer "uh. . .I sat around at home with my parents. . .uh. . .waiting for my two years to end", then I don't think they will be too willing to hire you, let alone sponsor you for the H-1B.



    PART ONE

    This is basically what is going to happen to any Canadian, who chooses the J-1 visa to do a residency in the United States.

    1) He/she will happily go to US to do a residency.

    2) After he/she finishes, their world will be turned upside down, because they cannot stay in the U.S., they must return to Canada. Because getting a waiver as a Canadian is not likely.

    3) He/she will come back to the greater Toronto area (most Canadian IMG's are from here) and live at home with his/her parents while trying to pass all the Canadian exams (their are 4 of them and will likely take 1-2 yrs to pass)

    4) Then he/she must go to another province (since ontario requires at least one year of residency in Canada, or, one year of active medical practice in Canada in another province)

    5) So he/she will end up in northern Manitoba or the Yukon.

    6) Then he/she will desperately still want to get back into Ontario, so he/she will apply, but will only be able to get a job in a rural town in northern Ontario.

    Bottom line: He/she will NEVER get back into the greater Toronto area.

    Ever.

    If you don't believe me, click here:
    http://www.library.utoronto.ca/medic...ing_house1.htm


    PART TWO

    Like I told you, anyone that get's the J-1 Visa and is willing to go through ALL that bull**** to end up in Northern Ontario is simply an idiot.

    look at the J-1 path:

    1) residency in U.S.

    2) pass all the 4 U.S. boards

    3) pass all the 4 Canadian boards

    4) go back to Canada and live at home with parents while the Royal College evaluates your credentials (4 -6 month process)

    5) go to another province and work for 6 months

    6) then and only then do you become eligible to write the Canadian FP board exam

    7) practice for at least one year in that other province

    8 then come back to Ontario, only to end up in some small town in Northern Ontario, where it is minus thirty every day, earning half the salary you could in the U.S.

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    J1 visa and Returning to Canada!

    Very funny! but true...

    I am from Northern Ontario. I am a surgical resident on a J1 visa in the U.S. I have written the MCCEE. I do plan on returning to Canada (northern ontario). All of Canada is cold! 6-8 months or even a year waiting for them to evaluate my credentials (ie. board certified general surgeon) is ridiculous but it will change by the time I finish...it has to change! There will be no doctors let alone surgeons in Canada in the future if they don't start changing the policies regarding foreign doctors (ever been to the MCCEE- more recruiters than you can imagine). I have already seen the changes since I first started medical school 5 years ago. I don't mind going to other provinces (6 months to a year goes by very quickly especially after 5 years of general surgery...I don't mind resting for 6-8 months), don't mind writing the Canadian exams. Once you have written as many exams as I have then you are used to it...beleive me...they get easier! You are right though...I must be an idiot!!!
    take care
    my advice is that if you want it badly enough then you will have to work at it. Also, take it in steps...worry about step I of the US boards!!! It is a long road!!!

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    J 1 visa and returning to Canada

    Hi, everyone!

    I was reading all these horrible stories about going to US and coming back to Canada after residency. I am not sure what is better to do in my situation. The thing is that I am IMG and hopefuly will have a dual citizenship soon (Canadian and another one). Do you know wheather it will make any difference and it could be easier for people with dual citizenship to stay in US?

    Thank you. Good luck to all.

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    Where get the letter from Canada Ministry for IMG training in US with J1 Visa

    I am an IMG with H1 for research in US now, but most programs here ask J1 if I want a resident position, but where I can get the magic letter from Canadian Gov for J1 reason please
    Thank you for your help
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