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B1 Visa How important is it to have a job when applying for a B1/B2 visa?


At the moment I'm preparing for the USMLE and once I'm done with Step 2 CK, I shall apply for Step 2 CS and hence need a B1 visa to travel to one of the test centers. Currently I work as a medical officer at a small charitable clinic in the outskirts of my city and I have mainly chosen this job because the workload is light and allows me to prepare for my exams. However I am planning to quit my job about a month and a half before my Step 2 CK exam date so that I can solely focus on my prep during those crucial weeks and also since I will hopefully be leaving for the US within a month or a two after CK.

But I am worried whether not having a job will lead to a B1 visa rejection. My post isn't a long-term one and neither is my pay lucrative that it will constitute as a 'STRONG' professional tie. And I can provide evidence of social ties in the form of fixed assets (a home and an apartment) and the fact that my father will still live here. I will hopefully be able to show sufficient financial support as well. But still I am extremely concerned whether not having a job, or in fact not having a lucrative job, will lead to a B1 visa rejection.

What should I do in this case? I could take a leave for 3 weeks I guess but don't think will be allowed more than that! And I can't think of any other job that I can get which will be considered lucrative and a 'strong' professional tie. And won't they anyway know derive from logic that I am supposed to leave the job in a few months since I'm planning to get a medical residency?

I am just confused and very worried about a visa rejection that it's hampering my prep! I know I should just focus on my prep now and worry about this later but it'd be really great to get this out of my head. So would sincerely appreciate anyone's input. Thanks in advance
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