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    Visa for clinical rotations

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    I am ready to start my im rotation (~1 month) and I was wondering do we need a visa for that ? I know we can enter the states for up to 6 month with no visa but I would not want to cross the border for a stamp in the middle of a rotation?

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    B1 visa

    If you want to play it safe, you can get a B1 visa at the border or airport. You need your passport, $6, and a letter from your school saying that you are required to do clinical rotations in the US as part of the school curriculum. If you have that, you shouldn't have any trouble. The visa is good for a year and can be renewed if necessary. Good luck!

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    Stephen Sloan, M.D.
    PGY2 Internal Medicine
    John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County (the NEW Cook County Hospital)

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    Yay

    For a year? That's a relief. I was under the impression that B1 was only good for 6 months.

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    Denied visa for clinical rotation HELP

    I am a Canadian citizen. I tried to enter the US through Sarnia, with my passport and and school letter and I was told that I need an F1 or J1 visa which the school has to apply for. When I mentioned B1 they said flat out NO. I would like to know what exactly needs to be written on my school letter and what border crossing is familiar with Caribbean Schools and B1 visas. I also had an immigration official tell me I need a SEVIS form. so everyone gives you a different story. Any ideas or suggestions are welcome. Please help ASAP.

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    B1 visa

    Wow, sounds like they gave you a hard time at the border. Maybe things have changed since 9/11! I don't know anything about SEVIS. As far as I know the B1 is still good for a year, but you should be able to find out for sure on the BCIS website (www.bcis.gov).

    In my case getting the visa was very easy, as mentioned in my earlier post. If I remeber correctly, I got my original visa as well as the renewal at the Queenston/Lewiston (NY) border crossing. Sarnia may actually be pickier....one of my friends who was coming through Sarnia to start residency didn't have all her papers and got turned back. In terms of what you need, most schools should already be familiar with the letter. As already stated, this should say that you are required to do clinical rotations in the US as part of the school curriculum, and that you need a B1 visa for this purpose. It may help to emphasize that this is only a temporary visa for training purposes and that you're not getting any financial compensation; perhaps mention the word "internship" (which I was told to do on a couple of occasions). If you're really concerned, make sure you cross during business hours so the immigration people can contact someone at your school if need be.

    If you find out anything different, perhaps you could post the info here for everyone's benefit. Good luck!
    Stephen Sloan, M.D.
    PGY2 Internal Medicine
    John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County (the NEW Cook County Hospital)

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