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Old 10-27-2012
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Hey everyone,

First of all, thanks to everyone around here for always helping out a fellow doctor!

Okay, here is the thing. I have a B1/B2 visa, till 2015, and now my stay(I-94) of 6 months expires on 15th of April, 2013. Obviously, this isn't enough time period to clear all the steps.

1. I plan to get extension on B1/B2 visa, and I will apply 3 months before the expiry date. Provided I give evidence of genuine reasons, like fee receipts of step 2 CS in April, Step 2 CK in July etc, what are my chances of getting an extension? Also, can I ask them to give for at least 6 months, since I plan to do some observer-ships after that or its entirely up to CBP? Has anyone tried like this before? Please share.

2. Has anyone used the online system for filing extension? Can you attach additional letters/forms (like fee receipts etc) ? I am afraid that by online means, I wont be able to attach other supplement documents, that I can by post.

3. If I leave the country just before my I-94 expires, and stay abroad for 2-3 month, and then come back, what are the chances of getting re-entry, and a duration of 6 more months? Has anyone tried this?

4. Or the best alternative is to get a course, and change to F1 status?

I would be grateful to you all for clearing these doubts and sharing your experiences.
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Hey everyone,

First of all, thanks to everyone around here for always helping out a fellow doctor!

Okay, here is the thing. I have a B1/B2 visa, till 2015, and now my stay(I-94) of 6 months expires on 15th of April, 2013. Obviously, this isn't enough time period to clear all the steps.

1. I plan to get extension on B1/B2 visa, and I will apply 3 months before the expiry date. Provided I give evidence of genuine reasons, like fee receipts of step 2 CS in April, Step 2 CK in July etc, what are my chances of getting an extension? Also, can I ask them to give for at least 6 months, since I plan to do some observer-ships after that or its entirely up to CBP? Has anyone tried like this before? Please share.

You can get an extension but if you are planning on applying next year, what are you going to do during the interview season? You cannot get another extension after this. Only once is allowed.

2. Has anyone used the online system for filing extension? Can you attach additional letters/forms (like fee receipts etc) ? I am afraid that by online means, I wont be able to attach other supplement documents, that I can by post.

Online is the best and fastest way.

3. If I leave the country just before my I-94 expires, and stay abroad for 2-3 month, and then come back, what are the chances of getting re-entry, and a duration of 6 more months? Has anyone tried this?

Everyone does this. No problems faced at all.

4. Or the best alternative is to get a course, and change to F1 status?

You cannot change your status to F1 from there, you will have to come back. Besides, I don't know why you want to go through all this trouble. Go home n come back again. Simple.

I would be grateful to you all for clearing these doubts and sharing your experiences.
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Thanks for the answer.

The reason is that here I can study with my full concentration. Back home, I wont be able to study properly.

1. So,to be on the safe side, I should ask them to give me an extension till the time I can clear my CS? Like in March/April? After that, I'll leave the country, and take the CK back home, and then come back in September/October period. Then, I'll have time till March at least...

2. How long do I have to stay outside before I can safely return, and be granted a 6 month validity? Like if that period of 2-3 month becomes 1 month? Anyone had such experience?

3. And another thing, Lets say I clear CK in September, will I have enough time to file for the residency application? Is there a specific deadline?

4. Also, can I tell in my application that I am attempting step 3, and some observerships/clerkships till Match? My basic point being, after you've sent them applications, can you do clerkships/step 3 (or step 2 if I was not able to attempt in September) and update your details, and will this be notified to the directors?}

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1. So,to be on the safe side, I should ask them to give me an extension till the time I can clear my CS? Like in March/April? After that, I'll leave the country, and take the CK back home, and then come back in September/October period. Then, I'll have time till March at least...

You just said your current visa stay is expiring on April 15. Are you confused?


2. How long do I have to stay outside before I can safely return, and be granted a 6 month validity? Like if that period of 2-3 month becomes 1 month? Anyone had such experience?

Doesn't matter much.

3. And another thing, Lets say I clear CK in September, will I have enough time to file for the residency application? Is there a specific deadline?

No such deadline. Apply whenever.

4. Also, can I tell in my application that I am attempting step 3, and some observerships/clerkships till Match? My basic point being, after you've sent them applications, can you do clerkships/step 3 (or step 2 if I was not able to attempt in September) and update your details, and will this be notified to the directors?}

Why don't you worry about your visa issue first. Don't start counting your chickens before they have even hatched.

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Sorry for the confusion. Let me rephrase. I am not sure of the date of April for Step 1, and I might give it in May. My entry expires on april 15, and thats why I wanted a 1-2 month extension. I don't want to travel out of the country, because when I come back, I'll get a new entry till October, and then I'll have to leave the country again, and that is the time of interview season.

Just one more question. Why everyone keeps saying its a bad idea to extend B1/B2? Compared to my living the country, and then coming back, wont the CBP officers say if your exam was 1 month ahead, why didnt you apply for extension?

Thanks for the response!
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