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I am an IMG..I am done with step 1[ 233] and step 2 ck[ 210, was terribly hard] ..taking step 2 cs in july. i want to apply for residency this year. i want to take step 3 during or after residency. I understand that if I do get a residency, it will be a J1 visa. what exactly is the difference between J-1 and H1B? why do people prefer H1B? does it have an impact on getting a job after residency?

based on your comments, if I do decide to take it, when should I take the exam by latest? Is it no later than Jan 2015?

will appreciate any help..
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I am an IMG..I am done with step 1[ 233] and step 2 ck[ 210, was terribly hard] ..taking step 2 cs in july. i want to apply for residency this year. i want to take step 3 during or after residency. I understand that if I do get a residency, it will be a J1 visa. what exactly is the difference between J-1 and H1B? why do people prefer H1B? does it have an impact on getting a job after residency?

based on your comments, if I do decide to take it, when should I take the exam by latest? Is it no later than Jan 2015?

will appreciate any help..
when you have H1 visa , its not mandatory to go back to your country to work 2 years
but if you have j1 , its mandatory , so most of people with j1 after their residency , worked for 2 years under served area in US instead of going back to their country

that‘s what I know , hope to correct it if it worng
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The best place to get information about the J1 is the ECFMG website (you can just google "ECFMG J1"). They have a dedicated information portal on the J1 visa called Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program (EVSP).

Regarding J1 vs H1B, there's a nice presentation online (again, on the ECFMG website - you can just google "ecfmg img presentation berry" and you can click on the pdf. It's a bit dated (from 2008) but it gives pros/cons of J1 vs H1B. You can also check out the US government website (google "uscis understanding h1b".) Do you own First Aid for the USMLE (eg. for step 1)? There's some info there as well in the IMG section. I'm sure if you look around there'll be more info about H1B online too.

I did my Step 3 prior to starting residency. I was a green-card holder so it wasn't necessary for me to do for any kind of visa and I didn't care to have my results available for the interviews. I just wanted to get it over and done with prior to starting the long residency hours. I'm glad that I did!

I sat for the exam in June and I started residency in July. I was a practicing physician in my home country for a few years and I was confident in my clinical knowledge so it wasn't a problem.

Good luck!
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with h1b you can get green card, with j1 not! and working for 2 years in underserved area is not as easy as it seems, its very very hard to find a spot as they are limited.
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