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Default "The program does not sponsor VISAs, but will accept applicants with an ECFMG sponsored J-1 VISA"

I find this as one of the program's requirements.
"The program does not sponsor VISAs, but will accept applicants with an ECFMG sponsored J-1 VISA" Does it mean if I need a J1 visa, I shouldn't apply?!!
BTW this program is IMG friendly - 67%
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Technically J1 is sponsored by ECFMG and program accepts ECFMG sponsored J1.
So if a program says We sponsor J1 or accept J1 its the same thing.

So you should apply
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Technically J1 is sponsored by ECFMG and program accepts ECFMG sponsored J1.
So if a program says We sponsor J1 or accept J1 its the same thing.

So you should apply
I have a question .when u say ECFMG sponsers for J1 visa...you mean it will be done after you are ecfmg certifed? or it can be done before that for example for CS?
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As far as I know programs typically dont rank (for the match) IMGs without ECFMG certification. (I might be wrong).
I would suggest check ECFMG website for J1 requirements
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As far as I know programs typically dont rank (for the match) IMGs without ECFMG certification. (I might be wrong).
I would suggest check ECFMG website for J1 requirements
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see..how do people go to USA for CS exam then?I mean I dont have green card ...is it safe to apply for Cs then go to embassy with my exam permit ?is it a routine way to take visa?
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see..how do people go to USA for CS exam then?I mean I dont have green card ...is it safe to apply for Cs then go to embassy with my exam permit ?is it a routine way to take visa?
You need to be ECFMG certified to apply to any program and to be able to be J1 sponsored by ECFMG. ECFMG will always sponsor your J1 Visa. So only residency programs that say something like "we dont accept any applicants on J1" which I haven't really seen, wont be able to take you.

There are some programs that are more subtle and say something "we dont sponsor J1 visas", so even if you have ECFMG certification and J1 visa to apply to their program, they might not be IMG friendly see?

To go to the US to take step 2 CS you can go on any visa. I went on a B1/B2 visa which is a visitor one. If you don't have any visa at all, you need to apply for one. ECFMG helps you do that as well. (its not a J1 mind you). J1 visa is a special study visa that you can get for a lot of stuff, in this case, to undergo your specialty training in the U.S.
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