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Help How to proceed with visa? IMG planning to give step1 in the USA.

Dear all,

I am an IMG and have been preparing for step 1 for a year and was planning to give my step 1 in my home country but now due to some reasons I will have to give my step 1 in the USA. I have also registered for the step 2 CS exam and have the visa letter of the step 2 CS.

I have also applied for a medical student conference and I have been selected as a finalist for my paper and have the invitation letter from the conference.

My problem is regarding VISA. I am not sure how to approach for my visa since I haven't given step1 and don't have score in hand. So if I apply to the embassy saying that I want to give my step 1 and 2 in the USA, what are my chances of getting a visa? Or should I just apply as a conference finalist. But I am afraid that I will get visa for only a few months (if I apply for only conference). I have been to the USA last year for a clinical elective for 3 months.

So guys please suggest me how should I proceed with my visa. Should I be honest and tell the visa officer that I intend to give my steps while in the USA? I am just worried that I don't have strong reasons to apply for visa and thus wondering if I apply via conference method I would get one.

Thank you.
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