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Old 08-15-2015
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Default Is SSN required for issuance of PTAL

Hi friends,

I am an IMG interested in applying for residency in California.Infact CA is my first priority.Coming to my queries,
Is SSN necessary for the issuance of PTAL?I am currently on a H4 visa(not eligible for SSN).But i may get my EAD in a couple of months and i believe it will make me eligible.Please correct me if i am wrong..
Currently,I am not ECFMG certified(have to take CS in sep).I heard PTAL is a lengthy process.So should i start the process or should i wait couple of months to get my SSN and ECFMG certification?

I would really appreciate if anyone can take time and help me.I am totally confused
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A great overview of the PTAL specific to IMGs is available at:
http://www.ecfmg.org/eras/applicants-documents-pta.html

The form itself is at:
http://www.mbc.ca.gov/Forms/Applican...ation_ptal.pdf

It does ask for a SSN, but you'll have to call and see what the procedure is for IMGs. I'm sure they have this situation all the time. Their number is (916) 263-2382 (PST).

The PTAL takes several months to put together and process, so the sooner you can start it the better.

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Thanq so much for the help.Will check out these links.
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Hi, Im an IMG. I already submitted PTAL payment and documents. In breeze website it says my application is pending. How do I get PTAL receipt? or something like receipt of payment? I need it as temporary document for the ERAS application.
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