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Old 09-02-2012
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Form Form 186 confusion

I apologize for starting yet another thread about this but I still don't get the actual difference between the two kinds of Form 186 for medical graduates from a EMSWP participating school.

From what I gathered the main difference is WHO sends all the documentation to ECFMG. If I choose to get my Form 186 signed by a public notary only I can send all the documentation, if it's signed by the listed authorized person only the school can send it, which means that I must send them all the documentation (other forms, photo, copies of diploma..) and they should deal with it. Is this right?? what am I missing?

My first big question is: do I need a signature from the school in the Form verified by public notary? If yes, from who? "anyone" from the school or authorized listed people?

Next question: what's the timeframe to do all this?? from completing my online application with payment until ECFMG gets the documents, is there a time limit? ('cause I have no idea how long my school will take to sign the papers...)

Third and, for now , last question: Which type of Form 186 do you recommend? Honestly, I would much rather send the documents myself then have the school dealing with it just because I know it will be done if I'm doing it but I would like to know your opinions.

Thank you very much for taking the time
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If in IWA you are presented with an option of Notary Public-only form then I recommend you use that form as it will avoid having to ask the school sign it.

There's no time limit, the ECFMG has no time limit for this procedure.

If the form says Notary Public only then you don't need med school official signature.

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