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    J1 Visa Limitations!!

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    I wanted to know what are possible limitations of the J1 Visa.

    I know of this one...Have to go back to Canada for 2 years minimum after completing training.

    But what about these...

    Specifically how difficult is it to prolong a J1 Visa from a preliminary Surgery PGY1 to a PGY2 categorical position.

    OR

    What if I need to transfer my J1 visa from Preliminary Surgery PGY1 to a 2 year research fellowship in surgery and then apply to a Categorical PGY1 in Surgery...

    OR

    Simply transfer my J1 visa from Preliminary Surgery PGY1 to a categorical PGY1 or if successful to a PGY2 categorical position.

    Where should I go for professional information... Immigration Lawyer... US or CAnadian Immigration Lawyer...

    Thank you.

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    You should get an immigration lawyer to help you. He will give you the correct advices.

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    [QUOTE=hopeful786;1063785]I wanted to know what are possible limitations of the J1 Visa......


    Have to go back to Canada for 2 years minimum after completing training.

    -- 'home country residence requirement', you have to return home (country that supported J-1 Visa) for a minimum of two years before you are allowed by US immigration to apply for certain types of immigrant visa such as H1-B

    .....prolong a J1 Visa from a preliminary Surgery PGY1 to a PGY2 categorical position.

    -- straightforward application to ECFMG for renewal of the visa; you have to show you have the categorical position at PGY2 level
    -- get another Statement of Need


    ....transfer my J1 visa from Preliminary Surgery PGY1 to a 2 year research fellowship in surgery and then apply to a Categorical PGY1 in Surgery...

    - If it is in the SAME institution, ask ECFMG if they would support the whole training period (up to seven year) including the research portion; if not, ask ECFMG what other type of visa you should get for the research (?TN Visa?)
    1 215 823 2121
    www.ecfmg.org Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program
    - if it is at a different institution, you may have to get a J-1 Research Scholar but there is a one year wait before you can return to J-1 Clinical with ECFMG. Again, check with ECFMG directly.

    ... transfer my J1 visa from Preliminary Surgery PGY1 to a categorical PGY1

    - Ask ECFMG, no charge.

    Where should I go for professional information... Immigration Lawyer... US or CAnadian Immigration Lawyer...

    -- Discuss all of this with the ECFMG, no charge.

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