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I am an Indian citizen and a medical student who is about to appear for my USMLE 1 and then do my clinical rotations.
I study in a Caribbean med school which has ties with WAU in MD. My pre meds were completed in WAU , MD on an F1.
My preclinicals were down in the Caribbeans(during which my F1 expired).

Now , I need to return to US to do my rotations. I will NOT be paid during this.
I will be doing my core rotations first and then my elective rotations.
I have 2 questions mainly:

QUESTION 1 :
Can this be done on a B1?

Does the term “elective clerkship” cover both core rotations and elective rotations?

From what I’ve read online on various sites, there are many who are doing their rotations in US on a B1, even on B2.
I just want to ensure that this is legal.
(I know that F1 is an option, but in my case, I would be taking a F1 just to get a valid visa status. For that, I would need to enroll in a school for some courses.)

This is what I could find:
1) At http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/87206.pdf

9 FAM 41.31 N10.4-1 Medical
(CT:VISA-1777; 11-29-2011)
An alien who is studying at a foreign medical school and seeks to enter the United States temporarily in order to take an “elective clerkship” at a U.S. medical school’s hospital without remuneration from the hospital. The medical clerkship is only for medical students pursuing their normal third or fourth year internship in a U.S. medical school as part of a foreign medical school degree. (An “elective clerkship” affords practical experience and instructions in the various disciplines of medicine under the supervision and direction of faculty physicians at a U.S. medical school’s hospital as an approved part of the alien’s foreign medical school education. It does not apply to graduate medical training, which is restricted by INA 212(e) and normally requires a J-visa.)


Does the term “elective clerkship” cover both core rotations and elective rotations?

2) At http://nepal.usembassy.gov/visas/non...-my-visit.html
B1 Visa
Business visitors, domestic employees,
academics, researchers, short-term
students

Meaning short-term students can be admitted on B1.


3) http://nepal.usembassy.gov/visas/non...-usmle-b1.html

Medical practitioners who have completed their medical degree and are now seeking to enter the United States to complete their United States Medical Licensure Exam (USMLE) Steps II, II C/S, and/or III should apply for a B1 visa. Those who wish to travel to the United States to interview for residency programs should also apply for this visa.

A medical student studying who is currently studying at a foreign medical school and who seeks to enter the United States temporarily in order to take an “elective clerkship” at a U.S. medical school’s hospital without remuneration from the hospital may be eligible for a B-1 visa. Note: The medical clerkship is only for medical students pursuing their normal third or fourth year internship in a U.S. medical school as part of a foreign medical school degree and does not cover those seeking training as physiotherapists, dentists, nurses or vets. (An “elective clerkship” affords practical experience and instructions in the various disciplines of medicine under the supervision and direction of faculty physicians at a U.S. medical school’s hospital as an approved part of the alien’s foreign medical school education. It does not apply to graduate medical training, which normally requires a J-visa). If applying for a visa, a letter from the U.S. medical school outlining the nature and duration of the elective clerkship should accompany the application.

Please note that B1/B2 visa holders may not participate in observerships while in the United States for the purpose of taking their USMLE exams and/or applying for residencies


QUESTION 2 :

Applying for B1 :

They need the following for application of B1
• Letter from your employer stating position, start date and salary.
• Letter from your employer establishing purpose of travel.

What do I need instead of an employer letter?
I saw on some forums that people took a letter from their university stating that this is only a part of the course and they would need to return to the university to finish their exams and get their degree.


Any help will be appreciated.
I've been going crazy trying to figure this out.
In case you need more details , please let me know.

PS: Not much help from my school.Their stand is , you can use a B1 or F1 and once you get here we will take care of everything. Sad , but I've to go with this now.
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