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Hello everyone,

I've been reading a lot about all the process and matching as an non-us IMG, but I need your help to analyze my situation and discuss with you if it's worth it or not. I already know what I have to do in order to apply (usmle, steps etc.).
Maybe it could be a long post, but I'll write some cliff notes at the end for the ones who don't want to read it all

So, I'm in the first year of Medical school in Europe and one of my dreams would be to apply for a surgical residency in the US and then live and work there. I know, it's early but if I have to do this, I want to commit myself 100% in this thing, from the very first days.
The fact is that when I'll be finishing my MS I'll be 31. So that's my first doubt, it's 31 too late to apply and get matched? Especially in a surgical residency?

I would love try to get a residency as neurosurgeon or some other surgical program. I don't have any medicine contact or recommendation in the US or in my country.

Let's suppose I do all my best, scoring very good at each point, step1, 2cs/ck, step 3. Start doing some research and publication during my academic path, observership in the US, maybe everything else I can, if it wouldn't cost me a lot of years (I always think that as 31 I can't lose any time, I feel kinda late/old). What my real chances to match would be? In NC? If not, any advise in which other IMG friendly residency (alway surgical I prefer) I would get better chances?

Also assume that I'll get a match, do my 7 year of residency, how does it works after that in the US? I'll be send back to my country or I have good chance/certainly chance to remain in the US, working and living there (off course I don't have a green card atm)?

-European, visa needed;
-31 years old when I'll graduate;
-Would like to apply, with real chances, to neurosurgery or other surgical programs;
-No med contact or recommendation atm;
-Willing to do anything an human be can do to succeed, starting as soon as I can (but not wasting too much years because I would love to have also a career if possible)

Please be honest and direct to me, If you think that I don't really have a chance, just say it. I don't want any false hope, I need your help to understand if I will be wasting my times or it will be worth the commitment

So guys, what do you think?
Thanks in advance for reading this and I hope you'll clear all my doubts I'll take any advices you are willing to give!
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