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I am an IMG graduated 2013, passed all the steps first attempt. I am currently starting a research job at a NYC hospital. As a Canadian citizen, my status will be TN (temporary nonimmigrant) under the NAFTA treaty. Is there a chance that if I match in March 2015, can I start residency under TN or do I have to change my status to J1? I wish I can keep TN because it is easier to change statuses from J1.

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I have the same question ??
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No, you can not. TN visa allows nurses and pharmacists to practice but unfortunately not physicians. You can only practice on a J1 or H1.

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No, you can not. TN visa allows nurses and pharmacists to practice but unfortunately not physicians. You can only practice on a J1 or H1.
So not even the research, I heard that we can do research on TN visa but not sure??
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What about L2? Provided you get an EAD, of course. I read somewhere that you can be a physician with other working visas too. It's just that you have to get those visas on your own because the hospitals only provide J and B visas. Is that correct?
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What about L2? Provided you get an EAD, of course. I read somewhere that you can be a physician with other working visas too. It's just that you have to get those visas on your own because the hospitals only provide J and B visas. Is that correct?
To get a work visa, you need a sponsor. For IMGs in US, the sponsor is either the hospital you are working for or ECFMG. They normally only offer J1 with very few programs offering limited H1s.
L2 is a spousal visa and only valid until your spouse's visa is valid. You are free to work on that but once your spouse's visa expires - yours does too and whenever that happens, you will have to re-apply for a J1 from scratch (keep in mind that J1 processing takes a bit of time when you first apply, depending on your country).
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So not even the research, I heard that we can do research on TN visa but not sure??
Not sure about that.
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