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    VISA QUESTIONS TO NON-US/CANADIAN CITIZEN...pls ans VERY IMPT!!

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    Hi..
    I will be attending SABA in Jan 05 and I am not a US Citizen nor am I a Canadian Citizen. I am from Singapore and I am concerned about obtaining visa for my clinical rotations? I heard that you would need a B-1 visa for clinicals, my question is, how can we obtain it? I spoke w/ gardner office n they didn't seem to clear with what had to be done.
    I was wondering if there was anyone out there who has done this or is in the process of doing this to please help me out...i don't want my 2 yrs of studying in SABA to go to waste only to learn that I won't get a visa to finish up my rotations...thanks again in advance...

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    I'm a US citizen, so I don't know...

    Have you gotten an answer on this yet? I bet a lot of the Canadians know something about this, you might try the Canadian forum, there is also this site http://usmile.us/resstep.htm and this site http://www.[blocked by request].com (you have to type this one up in the address bar because valuemd will direct you to the wrong URL)
    Maybe those are helpful?
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    Re: VISA QUESTIONS TO NON-US/CANADIAN CITIZEN...pls ans VERY IMPT!!

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    Hi..
    I will be attending SABA in Jan 05 and I am not a US Citizen nor am I a Canadian Citizen. I am from Singapore and I am concerned about obtaining visa for my clinical rotations? I heard that you would need a B-1 visa for clinicals, my question is, how can we obtain it? I spoke w/ gardner office n they didn't seem to clear with what had to be done.
    I was wondering if there was anyone out there who has done this or is in the process of doing this to please help me out...i don't want my 2 yrs of studying in SABA to go to waste only to learn that I won't get a visa to finish up my rotations...thanks again in advance...
    Hey...Though I'm not a SABA student, I'm also from one of Asian countries and will be a carib med school student next year. That's one of the questions that I have always wondered. What I concluded after talking with several international students and some carib school individuals was that you have to go back to your country to get the B-1 visa. So, after the second year, you take the step one, receive the score, apply for core rotation, get the letter from a hospital, and bring it to the American embassy in Singapore with your passport to get the B-1 visa.
    It sounds crazy, but that's what I have researched.
    I guess the situation of canadian students is little different with that of students from other countries. Canadian students can get the B-1 when they cross the border (I'm not sure on that part though...)

    If anybody knows the correct answer, please post it. I really want to know the answer too.

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    Visa Q

    Okay,
    so from what I understand and PLEASE correct me if I am wrong (I am in 5th semester, and I am Canadian), when you go off to clinicals in the US, you do apply for a B visa. Its called a B visa cause it allows you in the country for Business reasons, which is technically the class into which clinicals fall. You are NOT allowed to make any money on this visa type and you are NOT allowed to work. Since clinicals are neither school, nor work (cause they don't pay) and are more of an add-on to your career training, they are a weird area in terms of visa stuff. Since I am coming from Canada, all I have to do is declare myself at the border with the appropriate clinical paperwork and I will get my visa at the Canada-US border. As for you flying in from Singapore, you will probably have to apply for your visa at your local US Embassy. This still shouldn't be a difficult process, because this visa is time-limited and thus you can't stay in the US forever, and you can't work anywhere so there is no real risk for the US.

    The only other issue that may be of concern is what the diplomatic status is between the US and Singapore, because obviously the US is being extra careful now with who they let in and everything due to the terrorist attacks and current war. (I hope the last comments didn't come off sounding rude or disrespectful - I am just trying to state the obvious).

    I don't know of any student who isn't American or Canadian in clinicals right now, otherwise I would direct you to them via e-mail, but maybe someone else out there knows of someone?

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    thanks

    hi..
    thank u for ur suggestions and responses..I have contacted the US embassy in singapore n they have mentioned that I could either go to a US embassy else where...or return to spore to get my B-1 visa.
    Luckily, US n Singapore have GREAT relations ( I can enter the US w/o a visa as a tourist for 90 days) so I'm quite positive (based on the reply i've received from the US embassy in singapore) that i'll get the B-1.
    So that has been a big relief...
    thanks again..everyone!

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    VISA QUESTIONS TO NON-US/CANADIAN CITIZEN...pls ans VERY IMPT!!

    cs7,
    I would not rely on a conversation with a consular officer. INS rulings are not very specific hence it can be interpreted differently from one consular officer to the next. You would be lucky if the consular officer you spoke to would still be at the same officer who will interview you when the time comes. What if he was reassigned to a different embassy? And the interviewing consular officer would interpret your case differently. All the hardships you've been through to complete basic sciences would go down the drain. I am not saying this to be contrary. Please don't get me wrong. One thing you could probably do is hire an immigration lawyer. Have him put your point of clarification in a letter to INS and have INS write you back. That way by the time you finish your two years and approach a consular officer, you have a written evidence-interpretation-clarification on your case. The attorney could also argue your case in a court (having evidence) worst comes to worst. Med skool is also an investment of time, money and effort. Don't leave any room for diasppointment. I hope this helps.......

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