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    mdspouse is offline Newbie
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    Hi
    I am a software consultant staying in US for last 4 years. My wife is a MD paediatrics and has been practising in India for the last 6 years. She is also an Hon. at a municipal hosptal there. We have a son who is 7 yeasr. They have always been in India and I have been staying here. This is partly because of my work permit and also since she cannot practice w/o going thru' the whole gamut of USMLE etc. Now my GC is in the final stage and we have to make a decision whether to move here or me to quit and go back. We want to be together from now on as you can imagine how hard it is to stay this way.
    She has been brilliant academically , however that has been sometime back. Both of us are in the late thirties.
    Is it worth to bring them here and sacrifice everything we have there? Will our main objective of staying together be achieved if she has to take up residency ?
    Any comments suggestions are welcome.
    Thanks in advance

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    Pros and Cons

    Sounds like you need to make a Pro and Con list for both India and the US. You referred to "everything you have there" I'm assuming you are referring to a home, family, etc. Exactly what do you have there and exactly what do you have here? Would you be able to get a good job back in India?? In the long road, would your wife's income and job benefits been better here in the US? I assume they would be, but I'm not sure.

    My assumption is that you came to the US in order to benefit your career / your life and now you've gotton to the point of getting the Green Card and you're questioning yourself. Isn't this what you intended? If the US offers more to your family in careers, income and education then I think those benefits would be worth your wife making the sacrifice of taking the test again and possibly going through residency (Peds in only 3 yrs...I think).

    Make a pros and cons list of living in both places.......maybe if others saw that they could help give you some more advice! Good luck!

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    India to USA

    I may be wrong but I believe she has to take an exam and then work for one year supervised by an American doctor then she could be on her own again. Contact a local office of a medical licensing group for the state you wish to reside in and ask but it isn't as complicated as you may think.

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    Wife in India

    I think you should find out exactly what is required for her to practice in the US, and then weigh out your options. Even if you have to make a few sacrafices for a year or two until she's able to practice here, it is probably worth it to get them in the US if possible. You're children can attend US schools, and you can all finally be together again. It depends on what kind of family you want. For me personally, I want a family that is in my life daily.

    It's odd... the gas attendant at my local gas station is in a similar situation. His family is in India (wife and kids) and he's been here for 5 years. He says its too expensive to get them here, so he's saving up then going back.

    In your case, money may only be an issue temporarily until your wife is liscenced for the US. Then you will have few worries.

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