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H1B has big cons?!-NO time4fellowship?Advice pls

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H1B has big cons?!-NO time4fellowship?Advice pls

Postby aspirantischirurgica » Mon Jul 17, 2006 7:19 pm

I posted this in the wrong section, sorry - so I am posting this again here where the question belongs....

I thought regarding H1B and general surgery if one is 'lucky' enough to get the H1B - that one could potentially be trouble later on...

H1B - valid 3 plus 3 years - then you leave for 1 year (can you then get into a fellowship after 1 year???)
J1 valid up to 7 years (annual renewals) - then you leave for 2 years - (can you then get into a fellowship after 2 years???) OR J1 visa waiver for 3 years and then apply for fellowship?!?!

I think fellowship programs prefer "fresh" residents - no? I don't know....

Gen. Surg. residency: 5-7 years depending on program.
Fellowship: 1-3 years.

How do you have time to complete fellowship on a H1B ???


do MOST people manage to get Green cards during residency when on H1B before starting their fellowship?

Kinda important no? - if not - is J1 not better - if you want a fellowship?

Ideas - previous experience - knowledge etc.. ?


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