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I'm currently in the US to take Step 2 CS and to do USCE. I was given 6 months so I can only stay until November 15, 2015. My question is: will this be enough for the interviews? Is it possible to schedule all the interviews that I get on October and the first half of November so that I can go back on Nov 15 at the latest? Are there residency programs that will only offer interviews for late November or December?

I have other options:
>I can either apply for extension of visitor visa until December but I am hesitant because this might affect my future visa applications. I might get questioned why I had to apply for an extension. If I apply for J1 or H1 visa in the future, will the fact that I applied for extension increase my chances of getting denied?

>The other option is I go back to my home country after USCE. But because I was only given a single entry visa, I will need to reapply again. And it's not guaranteed that i will be approved. What if I go back to my home country and they deny my future visa application, then that may prevent me from going to all interviews.

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I'm currently in the US to take Step 2 CS and to do USCE. I was given 6 months so I can only stay until November 15, 2015. My question is: will this be enough for the interviews? Is it possible to schedule all the interviews that I get on October and the first half of November so that I can go back on Nov 15 at the latest? Are there residency programs that will only offer interviews for late November or December?

I have other options:
>I can either apply for extension of visitor visa until December but I am hesitant because this might affect my future visa applications. I might get questioned why I had to apply for an extension. If I apply for J1 or H1 visa in the future, will the fact that I applied for extension increase my chances of getting denied?

>The other option is I go back to my home country after USCE. But because I was only given a single entry visa, I will need to reapply again. And it's not guaranteed that i will be approved. What if I go back to my home country and they deny my future visa application, then that may prevent me from going to all interviews.

Any response is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Nope, as an IMG you're going to be screwed unless you want to go on 2-3 interviews only assuming you have very high steps to get invited.

My first interview for Anesthesia was Nov 7th and last one ended 2nd week in January with the majority of my interviews in December/January. Maybe IM is a bit different since there are so many more IM programs than Anesthesia, but I was under the impression we get invites during the second wave. Therefore being invited on the second wave, most prime dates are already picked off and you get what you can.
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Nope, as an IMG you're going to be screwed unless you want to go on 2-3 interviews only assuming you have very high steps to get invited.

My first interview for Anesthesia was Nov 7th and last one ended 2nd week in January with the majority of my interviews in December/January. Maybe IM is a bit different since there are so many more IM programs than Anesthesia, but I was under the impression we get invites during the second wave. Therefore being invited on the second wave, most prime dates are already picked off and you get what you can.
Thanks for your response. If I may ask, do you have any idea whether applying for a visitor visa extension would count negatively in my future visa applications of another kind (J1 or H1)? In your opinion, would it be better for me to just go back to my home country and reapply for another visitor visa to come back to the US for interviews even though approval is not always a sure thing? Thanks again.
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Nope sorry, I have zero experience dealing with immigration since I'm a citizen.

Best of luck!
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I'm currently in the US to take Step 2 CS and to do USCE. I was given 6 months so I can only stay until November 15, 2015. My question is: will this be enough for the interviews? Is it possible to schedule all the interviews that I get on October and the first half of November so that I can go back on Nov 15 at the latest? Are there residency programs that will only offer interviews for late November or December?

I have other options:
>I can either apply for extension of visitor visa until December but I am hesitant because this might affect my future visa applications. I might get questioned why I had to apply for an extension. If I apply for J1 or H1 visa in the future, will the fact that I applied for extension increase my chances of getting denied?

>The other option is I go back to my home country after USCE. But because I was only given a single entry visa, I will need to reapply again. And it's not guaranteed that i will be approved. What if I go back to my home country and they deny my future visa application, then that may prevent me from going to all interviews.

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Wow.! Journey of uncertainties! I wish I could help. But I think once u have reason to tell him/ her it will suffice. It depends on the consular u meet that day and his mood.
If I were in your shoes, I will extend the stay do all the ivs. Once u match, it's uncommon to be denied visas.
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Wow.! Journey of uncertainties! I wish I could help. But I think once u have reason to tell him/ her it will suffice. It depends on the consular u meet that day and his mood.
If I were in your shoes, I will extend the stay do all the ivs. Once u match, it's uncommon to be denied visas.
Thanks for the response nsesereso! I'm thinking about applying for visitor visa extension. Hopefully it all goes well.
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Thanks for the response nsesereso! I'm thinking about applying for visitor visa extension. Hopefully it all goes well.
Yea that's the best way to go. Good luck.
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