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Default Does H1-B at Preliminary spot carry over to Advanced spot


I'm planning to apply to advanced and categorical Anesthesia programs this 2015 match, and I am a foreign IMG. Preferably I would want an H1-B visa, and I saw there are preliminary IM/Surgery residencies that offer h1-b visas. Do these expire after 1 year, the duration of the preliminary training, and then I would have to get a J1-Visa to cover for my advanced training at the other institution? Advanced category anesthesia is 3 years total (plus 1 year preliminary).

Im asking because a lot of advanced position anesthesia programs only cover J1 visas. If I am lucky enough to match to a preliminary program on an H1-B, does this cover the period of training that I have to finish my 3 year advanced anesthesia program, or do I have to change visa status to get a new J1 visa at the start of my advanced anesthesia program?

Thank you so much for the replies

Foreign national IMG
ECFMG certified, Step 3 passed, 6 months US clinical externship, graduate medicine batch 2014
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