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Hello, I have a unique situation that I would like to present, and see if you all could help.

My wife is an IMG, and her VISA status prevents her from returning to the US until beginning of December or even January. Thus it is possible that she may not be able to attend interviews, but she would like to apply this year in case her VISA allows her to come back earlier.

So it is possible that if she applies this year for residency in the US, she may not be able to attend interviews. In this scenario, she obviously would not rank anything for NRMP. Thus, would she still be seen as a 1st time applicant the following year? I hear second time applicants are not as favored, so that's why I ask. I just want to make sure that she is not at a disadvantage if she applies again in Sept of 2016.

Thank you very much for your help.
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