How to get Statement of Need again & J-1 visa for starting fellowship (PGY5) in US from 2015
Hi, I am currently doing residency in pathology at an ACGME-accredited program. Right now, I am in my last month of PGY3. I will also be starting a pathology fellowship from July 2015. Now previously (as heard from seniors), the SON for fellowship could be procured from an Indian embassy in US. I have heard that this honeymoon is over because of our 'super-intelligent' Health Ministry in India. Now for fellowship, one has to go through the process again as one had done at the beginning of starting residency. Moreover, there is a 5 lac rupees and gazetted officer signature required for the bond. But all this I have heard from hearsay. Is anyone in this forum FROM INDIA on a J1 who is starting a fellowship in 2014 or 2015 and has actually gone through the process for fellowship and therefore can provide a more streamlined info on this issue ? Thanking you all in advance.