I am currently working as a researcher in a university on H1B visa. I plan to join a residency program next year on a clinical J1 visa sponsored through ECFMG. I was recently told by someone that the programs will offer me a residency position without any hesitation if I am a J1 research visa. They think that J1 research to J1 clinical is an easier option than H1B to J1 clinical. Is this true? Will it help me if I change to J1 research visa now and then apply for the residency programs?
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It depends on the facts.
You should retain an experienced immigration lawyer to review all the facts and advise you accordingly.
J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not constitute legal advice, as not all the facts are known. You should retain an attorney to review all the facts specific to your case in order to receive advise specific to your case. The statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship. Answers on Avvo can only be general ones, as specific answers would require knowledge of all the facts. As such, they may or may not apply to the question.
Better to do your residency on an H-1B, generally. this will not subject you to the J two-year home residency requirement.
(213) 394-4554 x0 Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.
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