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Passport Likelihood of obtaining a green card during residency?

I was wondering whether anyone could offer any insight as to the plausibility of being sponsored for a green card by your residency program? The programs I have been looking at certainly support a J-1, if not a H-1B, status, however, surely this would mean returning to the UK upon completion of the residency? Or, more specifically, after six years?

I know that it's possible for individuals to submit themselves for a green card entitlement but, from what I've gathered, that tends only to be for the those considered to be of, "exceptional ability". So I'm not entirely sure where I would come into play here, can anyone offer any assistance?

I'm a 6th year medical student, that of whom has experience both at Oxford and Cambridge. I hold a BA, MB and PhD in Neuroscience which, presumably, will work in my favour considering I'm applying for Neurosurgery residencies. I also have a number of publications in the clinical neurosciences. Do you therefore think I would be eligible to apply for a green card if I were to go ahead with the process of gaining admittance to a US residency program? If I were to complete a residency in the US, I would want to remain practising in the country, not return home. For those IMGs/FMGs who 'do' match in neurosurgery programs, do they tend to remain in the US following completion of the residency? Or do they return home? If the former, are they sponsoring themselves or are they being sponsored by the hospital for the green card?

Thanks a lot for any information.
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