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Question Getting ECFMG later than june - chances of residency

I am a 5th year medical student at the University of Debrecen - a 6 year program set to graduate in 2014. I finished my Step 1 exam in December of 2012, and was planning on taking Step 2 later this year, when I have started my clinical practice. So my query is based around a 2014 match:

I am aware to be match, that I should be ECFMG eligible (Steps 1, 2 CK and CS) before match day. At the same time I know that residency programs start in July officially, with some having a two week orientation starting in the middle of June. Also, for an IMG to start work he/she must be ECFMG certified before the commencement of residency training.

In my school, the earliest one can graduate is June, after our final state exam earlier in the same month, and we only get our final diploma at the end of the month. It takes 3-4 weeks from getting the diploma to getting verified and certified by ECFMG. Thus, I would be a month late if I were to start any programs. Is there anyway to circumvent this problem? Any information would be appreciated. If it's impossible I can apply in the upper year.
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