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    thinker001 is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    so if you marry an American

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    how long would it take to be exempted from the H1B requirement and you can apply like an American? what are the possible tracks? I'm Canadian!

    thanks!!

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    greencard!

    If you marry an American tomorrow, I would say it would take about 8-12 mths to get a greencard considering you are Canadian so the paper work time should be shorter. Mind you it would be ideal to get this all done with a greencard in hand by the time you are applying to ERAS come Sep before the match since you have to indicate on your online application that you are a greencard holder or not. Once you put foreign national (needing j1 or h1b) on that application you will automatically be filtered form a lot of programs regardless if you are a 90+ board student. Such is life. Oh and I wouldn't lie on that application.

    Moral of the story - if you really think you will marry that American anyway and both of you are cool with it then go for it ASAP! You will help yourself tremendously for the match. Just make sure it is legit, since you don't want US immigration banging on your door! LOL! - Then you are really screwed!

    I'm Canadian myself but alas I think I might be falling for another Canadian. Plus it's too late for me anyway since I'm going for this yr's match. Such is life! No regrets thus far.

    Good luck!

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    Thank you my friend. I have to say this 8-12 month figure is extremely good.. but it sounds too good to be true. would you be able to tell me where you got that information from?

    i haven't yet enrolled in any school. but i'm thinking about the caribbean and since it's already an uphill battle, i wanna try to improve my chances of matching. there is already a girl in mind but i don't know if i can do that right now or whether i should go for a little more illegal/less strings attached method

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    Yo!

    Dude seriously just pulled that number from rumors. You would have to check with a more reliable source. Sorry I can't be of more help. But I have heard it is significantly faster to process for Canucks.

    Good luck!

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    you're partially correct on this account, the actual GC will take around 8-12 months, but, as a Canadian, once you pass the interview portion of the GC process, you usually get a "temporary work permit" which is basically like Green Card "light". It states that you've met all the requirements for the GC and can work in the US but you just haven't received that nice green slip of paper yet (they need to rubber stamp it). So, you can apply and work at a residency program on this temp permit while awaiting the official one.

    And what's this about a Canadian girl?? I'm sure she doesn't meet all of the criteria we mulled over so intently that day at lunch.....
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    thanks! that sounds great so far.

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    Background

    I just have to add on the comment about being filtered out automatically. I'm afraid it's not so much you immigration status but your Medical School. FMGs have automatically a much harder challenge to match, especially in surgical specialties. I've seen American citizens not even considered for interviews because they graduated from foreign schools.

    At the end, you have what you have and it is key you focus on your goal and never give up. I wouldn't rush getting married for the GC unless it is really a natural next step in your relationship. Since you're talking about med school you probably have more options than the H1 or J1... look into it. Then you have 4 years to obtain your GC and set up for the Residency match... by then you should have some strong research experience, a couple publications, poster and/or oral presentations at National meetings of the specialty you're interested in, good in-service scores and, very importantly, glowing letters of recommendation and mentors that might call around to put in a good word for you.

    Good luck.

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    untrue

    Not true, American citizen/GC holder entitles you to apply to nearly DOUBLE the number of residencies. that alone is worth the title of non-visa holder..............please do some research before you post. Good luck.

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    Baloney!

    There's no restriction to the residencies you can apply as an IMG!!

    Sweet Lord, can you imagine a program that clearly stated "Please no IMGs, you won't be considered"??!!!

    A completely different story is who will invite you for an interview and such. Some programs, even in surgery have had good years and bad ones, occasionally inviting IMGs depending on how their own applicant pool looks like... other years they have more than enough AMGs.

    I have personal knowledge of the Surgery program at the Mayo Clinic (no need to say how competitive it is). They take 10 residents per year and are always interested in recruiting 1 and even 2 IMGs to enrich the group. So even powerhouses such as Mayo are fair game for IMGs, depending on your quality.

    So, please, save the cocky attitude and dismissal for other forums.
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    Hmmmm...Check yourself newbie

    Quote Originally Posted by *****wallace View Post
    Baloney!

    There's no restriction to the residencies you can apply as an IMG!!

    Sweet Lord, can you imagine a program that clearly stated "Please no IMGs, you won't be considered"??!!!

    A completely different story is who will invite you for an interview and such. Some programs, even in surgery have had good years and bad ones, occasionally inviting IMGs depending on how their own applicant pool looks like... other years they have more than enough AMGs.

    I have personal knowledge of the Surgery program at the Mayo Clinic (no need to say how competitive it is). They take 10 residents per year and are always interested in recruiting 1 and even 2 IMGs to enrich the group. So even powerhouses such as Mayo are fair game for IMGs, depending on your quality.

    So, please, save the cocky attitude and dismissal for other forums.
    First of all an IMG can be a US citizen so that has to be made clear. Second, having US citizenship or a greencard will get you more interviews, PERIOD! I don't care what anyone says. Ask any PD if you are not convinced. It's reality. The rest of us are just pointing that out to the original poster. Example: a person I know from my school (SGU) who is a US citizen got an interview at a place in NYC who failed step 1, where I didn't having passed both steps in the mid 90's.

    America has to favor their own to an extent and I respect that. Also I don't think any of us implied that non-Americans can't get into Mayo or Mass Gen. We are just saying statistically you will have more interviews with US citizenship or a greencard. By all means please shoot for the stars since you never know where you will end up.

    Good luck!

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