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Hello everybody,

While researching programs in FREIDA, I was confused about the part where it says:


IMGs should have, among other qualifications, one or more of the following
1) ECFMG certification
2) US citizenship
3) US permanent resident
4) j1 visa
5) H1B visa

I don't understand how it is possible to have all of these things simultaneously. Most programs had a "yes" answer to all of these things listed above. Does this mean that these programs require applicants to, say, already have a J1 visa or something beforehand? I am confused. Please help.

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Also, what does "applicants must enter on a J1 visa" mean? Does this mean that the program will sponsor a J1 visa?
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Also, what does "applicants must enter on a J1 visa" mean? Does this mean that the program will sponsor a J1 visa?

Yes programs sponsor J1/H1b visas, once you matched in your residency program. You can not do residency with a visitor visa, however you can interview, take your exams, do rotation with this visa.

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FRIEDA is not always up to date. Check the programs own website, under "APPLICATION PROCESS". You will find all the pertinent information.
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