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    I recently passed step 2 cs and am awaiting my ECFMG certificate. I'm planning to join the match next year (2006) or prob enter a residency position this year if i can still find an open position. The main reason i'm coming in the US is to get a fellowship position. Due to this, i have to repeat my residency (which is no big deal for me). I heard that it is difficult to get a fellowship position if you have a J1 visa. Is this true? Also, a lot of people are saying that H1 is better than J1. If i'm planning to take cardiology/interventional cardiology which will take 5 years plus 3 years of internal med for a total of 8 years, then neither visa will be sufficient to cover the years of training since J1 is limited to 7 years and H1 to 6 years, right? Also, if i plan to apply for a green card, then H1 is better, right? But i have no relatives in the US to sponsor me for a GC. Will a hospital sponsor me for a GC status?
    Another thing is that i'm short on cash and i don't think i'll be able to afford a lawyer to process my H1 for me. If a hospital sponsors a resident for an H1, does it mean they also shoulder the costs? What is the average cost of processing an H1. How about J1?
    Regarding moonlighting, are J1 visa holders also allowed to moonlight?
    Thanks in advance, guys! I will appreciate your replies!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chifatpo
    I heard that it is difficult to get a fellowship position if you have a J1 visa. Is this true?
    I've heard it's easier to get fellowships on J1 rather than H1. do some more research and ask the programs directly. Call ECFMG also.

    Also, a lot of people are saying that H1 is better than J1. If i'm planning to take cardiology/interventional cardiology which will take 5 years plus 3 years of internal med for a total of 8 years, then neither visa will be sufficient to cover the years of training since J1 is limited to 7 years and H1 to 6 years, right?
    You'll have to fulfill the 2 yr requirement for the J1 in order to return to the US. If you are on the H1, maybe you can get married to an american citizen and then not need a visa. It's always a possibility!

    Also, if i plan to apply for a green card, then H1 is better, right? But i have no relatives in the US to sponsor me for a GC. Will a hospital sponsor me for a GC status?
    yes some programs will sponsor you for the H1.

    Another thing is that i'm short on cash and i don't think i'll be able to afford a lawyer to process my H1 for me. If a hospital sponsors a resident for an H1, does it mean they also shoulder the costs? What is the average cost of processing an H1. How about J1?
    Some hospitals, but not all, will be able to pay for the H1 processing fees, some will not. If not, you can pay up to $3000 USD for the H1. Visit www.mdgreencard.com for more information about visas.

    J1 costs < $500 USD to process and no lawyer is required.

    Good luck, hope this helps at least a little,
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