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Default Research on J1? should i go for it.

Hey guys I have a great offer or research assistant for 1yr on J1 visa.
Should i say yes? Are there any problems associated with J1 visa. I am from India.

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Hey guys I have a great offer or research assistant for 1yr on J1 visa.
Should i say yes? Are there any problems associated with J1 visa. I am from India.

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J1 means you can't apply for H1, but knowing H1 is very hard, your research year will give you more interviews if u finish it and apply next year.
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Hey aspireusmle

J-1 visa comes with a 2 year Home Residency Requirement rule which needs your physical presence in your home country after the end of the visa term. However, you can switch from J-1 research to J-1 clinical if you mathc, and you can fulfil the requirement after residency. That is when people look for waiver jobs which is another story and comes after residency.

There are a specific list of skills which are subject to the 2 yr HRR rule. The list on US stated department website. (I am not able to post the link).

The code which precedes the field on the list is the one that comes up on your DS-2019 (a document which the sponsoring institution gives to indicate their sponsorship). In case the code in the DS-2019 is not in the list, then you are safe and you are not subject to the HRR rule. If it is there, then you know the obvious. 7 out of 10 times, it is listed.

The total duration of a J-1 visa is 7 years, irrespective of the type. This means that you can stay in the US for a continuous period of 7 years on a valid J-1 visa after which you will have to go back to your home country unless you do a waiver job. So, let us say you took the J-1 research visa, did research for a year and

Scenario 1: You matched while still on J-1 research. Bingo! You are good to go! You can worry about the HRR after residency.

Scenario 2: Unfortunately you did not match but you extended your J-1 research for another year (thanks to your sponsoring institution). This is also fine, you have one more year to try to match and think about the HRR later.

Scenario 3: You did not match and the your J-1 research cannot be extended. Check if the code on your DS-2019 is in the skills list. If it is, you are in a pickle. You have to get back to India for 2 years.

Scenario 4: Did not match, no visa extension, but the code is not in the skills list. You have no issues. You are just like any other person.

Also, the visa officer at the consulate specifies on the DS-2019 whether you are subject to the 2 Yr HRR rule. My understanding is, this holds little value because sometimes they tend to overlook. So your best bet is to cross check the code on the skills list.

Bottom line, if you have good scores and you think you can match, go for the J-1. If scores are borderline or low, make an informed decision as to what you would do if you did not match the same year.

Hope this helps!
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How long does it take for the processing of J1 research if we apply from our home country consulate?

and what if I already hold a 10 yr B1 B2 visa..will it get cancelled?
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How long does it take for the processing of J1 research if we apply from our home country consulate?

and what if I already hold a 10 yr B1 B2 visa..will it get cancelled?
I am given to understand it takes 2 weeks from the date of visa interview. But it could be sooner or later. The consulate website might give you a better idea.

Your B1/B2 will not be cancelled as far as I know.
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Hey guyz,

You can definitely change your research J1 visa to H1b visa for residency.
(I don't know exact process though.)
I know this from my senior class mate who is doing his residency with H1b after 2yrs of research with J1 research visa.
Believe me.
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You can definitely change your research J1 visa to H1b visa for residency.
(I don't know exact process though.)
I know this from my senior class mate who is doing his residency with H1b after 2yrs of research with J1 research visa.
Believe me.
Yes you can, but you need to apply for a waiver.
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Hey Minutejockey.. Thanks for your information.My score in Step 1 is 213 and I have just 8 weeks USCE. I am yet to graduate and will do so in December. I am from India. I have been offered a Position on J1 Research from a very good university so basically its unpaid. Do you think it is wise to take it up given if 2 year HRR comes into play??
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Hey Minutejockey.. Thanks for your information.My score in Step 1 is 213 and I have just 8 weeks USCE. I am yet to graduate and will do so in December. I am from India. I have been offered a Position on J1 Research from a very good university so basically its unpaid. Do you think it is wise to take it up given if 2 year HRR comes into play??
No one can predict what it takes to match. That is how it has been all these years. So it is up to you if you want to take up the position. As I said, make an informed decision. I am assuming the 8 weeks are clerkships since you are graduating in december. That is a plus. Your step 1 score is not stellar but I wouldn't say it is bad. There are other factors like CK, CS, LORs and most importantly contacts. If you are set on USMLE, then I don't see a reason why you shouldn't go ahead. It is your choice in the end.
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Thanks a lot minutejockey for your reply. I really appreciate your help, support and advise. All the best to you too.
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Thanks a lot minutejockey for your reply. I really appreciate your help, support and advise. All the best to you too.
Good luck to you too!
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Hey guys, I have a question about the J1 extension. Is it possible to get a 1-year extension on the J1 visa to a total of 8 years? How easy/difficult is this to get?
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Hey Minutejockey.. Thanks for your information.My score in Step 1 is 213 and I have just 8 weeks USCE. I am yet to graduate and will do so in December. I am from India. I have been offered a Position on J1 Research from a very good university so basically its unpaid. Do you think it is wise to take it up given if 2 year HRR comes into play??
How can you get a J1 visa for an unpaid position?
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How can you get a J1 visa for an unpaid position?
The university sponsors you.It is Voluntary Research.
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The university sponsors you.It is Voluntary Research.
Hi there. Is part time research OK? (1 year research at a very good hospital) Could it outweigh lack of USCE (altough I will do observerships)
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Yes you can, but you need to apply for a waiver.
How do you do that?
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J1 Visa implies very rigid rules in regard extension behind the maximum time alloted and also mandates to leave the country ( USA) for minimum two years after finishing the time of your extenssions. SO if there is any plan in staying here for good you will need another program or need to wait to pass the two years required after last day of you exiting the country
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Hey guys I have a great offer or research assistant for 1yr on J1 visa.
Should i say yes? Are there any problems associated with J1 visa. I am from India.

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I did the exact same thing. Yes, you can go from J1 research to J1 residency and yes, you will get the two year rule with this as well. the consulate informed me that if I get residency on J1 as well, I then have the two year home country presence rule twice so four years instead of two (unless you get a waiver).
Also, your B1/b2 wont be cancelled (I had a B1/b2 and then got a J1 for research).
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I did the exact same thing. Yes, you can go from J1 research to J1 residency and yes, you will get the two year rule with this as well. the consulate informed me that if I get residency on J1 as well, I then have the two year home country presence rule twice so four years instead of two (unless you get a waiver).
Also, your B1/b2 wont be cancelled (I had a B1/b2 and then got a J1 for research).
What 4 years? I'll see what's better than.

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What 4 years? I'll se whats better than.
Yes, because you will have two J1 visas with a two year home country rule each, which makes four (or four years in a medically underserved area of the US). At least thats what they told me at the consulate.
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Hey guys I have a great offer or research assistant for 1yr on J1 visa.
Should i say yes? Are there any problems associated with J1 visa. I am from India.

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Go for it, visas are overrated. The important thing is to get inside the system,

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