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Those who have some experience of the Match process, please answer this-

Which one of the following two candidates is more likely to get interviews/more likely to match? (For Internal Medicine programs - University and Community both)

(A) Step1: 235, Step2CK: 240, Step2CS: Pass, 1 month USCE, Need VISA

(B) Step1: 225, Step2CK: 230, Step2CS: Pass, 1 month USCE, Green Card Holder

Assume all other credentials to be the same. I just want to get a general idea on the importance of Greencard.
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"B" will get more IVs not only because he has a GC but he also has good scores. Most good IM programs cut off at 225, therefore they will both qualify when it comes to filtration base on scores.

The case would have been different if candidate B scored less than 220
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More IVs for the GC holder for sure.. Likelihood to match in general also greater in the GC holder because of the increased number of interviews..

However, likelihood to match in the same program both of these candidates got interview will depend more on interpersonal skills, history track of previous candidates from the same school/country, peculiarities of the program, for instance, certain programs in florida/nyc that might value spanish speaking skills for instance, this is something that could impact positively, but it's just an example..
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So GC is definitely good for getting more interviews. Only if there was a way we could estimate the average difference in scores that could be offset by having a GC, it would be more helpful. I guess GC holder with somewhere around 10 points lesser on scores would stand a better chance than someone who needs visa.
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So GC is definitely good for getting more interviews. Only if there was a way we could estimate the average difference in scores that could be offset by having a GC, it would be more helpful. I guess GC holder with somewhere around 10 points lesser on scores would stand a better chance than someone who needs visa.
The average Step I score for a USIMG to match is 217 across all fields. The average step I score for a non-USIMG to match is 227 across all fields. There is a new charting the match specifically for IMGs out, and it is VERY recent. I recommend everyone look into it.
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You must be talking about the NRMP charting outcomes for IMGs released in first week of Jan this year. They have included comparison between US-IMGs and non US-IMGs in it; however they have specifically defined US-IMGs as those US citizens who completed medical school outside US, and non US-IMGs as those foreign nationals (including greencard holders) who completed medical school outside US.
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So all greencard holders are classified as non-US IMGs. Only US CITIZENS are classified as US IMGs.
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