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    J-1 Sponsorship question

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    I was talking to a program the other day about the possibility of setting up an away rotation with them, and the topic of visas came up (I'm Canadian). I was told "We don't sponsor J-1 Visas, but we accept ECFMG-sponsored J-1s".

    I tried searching, but I'm still completely lost - can someone translate this into clueless for me? All this time, I've thought that it was the program that did the sponsorship - is this wrong?

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    No ECFMG sponsors the j1 visa after u match to a program. To get a j1 u need health Canada to send ECFMG a j1 letter. For which u need a pass on mccee and a plan outline u r plan to return to Canada.

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    Thanks! I feel like every time I think I know what I'm doing, I learn something new. It's frustrating - be nice to have a step by step guide to all parts of this process, instead of having to look everything up in different places and hope I catch all of the important parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedBird View Post
    Thanks! I feel like every time I think I know what I'm doing, I learn something new. It's frustrating - be nice to have a step by step guide to all parts of this process, instead of having to look everything up in different places and hope I catch all of the important parts.
    You can start by going here:
    ECFMG J-1 Visa Sponsorship Fact Sheet

    and here

    Statements of Need for Postgraduate Medical Training in the United States (2010) - Health Canada
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    unless you are 1000% sure that you want to head back to canada or whereever to work, DO NOT GET A J-1 VISA. it is called a nightmare visa for a reason. stick it out,wait the year and get an h1b, you'll be much better off
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    Quote Originally Posted by vtrain View Post
    unless you are 1000% sure that you want to head back to canada or whereever to work, DO NOT GET A J-1 VISA. it is called a nightmare visa for a reason. stick it out,wait the year and get an h1b, you'll be much better off
    There are several downsides like having to go back for two years, but why is it that bad? And is the H1B really guaranteed after the one year..

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    yes academic institutions are exempt from the h1b cap. the only downside is that you are limite din the residencies that you can apply for b/c alot of programs dont want to go through the hassle. if you are looking for more competitive residencies, you may need the j1 as some programs wont even sponsor. no leaving for two years is fine, the problem is if you want to stay and if so go for an H1b. alot will change over the next few years. what happens if you marry? guess what - you cant get a green card until you fulfill your commitment. getting a waiver isnt easy as well. working in an underserved areas for 3 years is tough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vtrain View Post
    yes academic institutions are exempt from the h1b cap. the only downside is that you are limite din the residencies that you can apply for b/c alot of programs dont want to go through the hassle. if you are looking for more competitive residencies, you may need the j1 as some programs wont even sponsor. no leaving for two years is fine, the problem is if you want to stay and if so go for an H1b. alot will change over the next few years. what happens if you marry? guess what - you cant get a green card until you fulfill your commitment. getting a waiver isnt easy as well. working in an underserved areas for 3 years is tough.
    Well it is not easy to say that. It is hard to turn down a guaranteed spot and hope for another guarantee next year.. just so you can get an H1b. W/ch is not GUARANTEED. U are on a J1. And yes it is difficult to deal with the J1 return of service... but if I recall correctly you are doing a very competitive field. Would you turn down that spot and risk it and re-apply in one year. I don't think so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CANeh View Post
    Well it is not easy to say that. It is hard to turn down a guaranteed spot and hope for another guarantee next year.. just so you can get an H1b. W/ch is not GUARANTEED. U are on a J1. And yes it is difficult to deal with the J1 return of service... but if I recall correctly you are doing a very competitive field. Would you turn down that spot and risk it and re-apply in one year. I don't think so.
    well, but where is the guaranteed spot...you're not guaranteed one with a J1 just because you go into the match....i think vtrain is talking about choosing to wait the yr, and the go into the match the following yr with the purpose of getting the H1b (isn't that what KG is doing?)...but he did point out that its not that easy to get one (more and more programs are choosing not to even sponsor the H1b) and that competitive specialties even moreso are not providing the option...so him, given his specialty, it probably wasn't an option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vtrain View Post
    . what happens if you marry? guess what - you cant get a green card until you fulfill your commitment..
    well you should have done THAT before you apply for residency...then you can apply with the fiance visa
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