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I have a doubt regarding J1 research visa with 212(e)/ 2 year home residence requirement. I have read that someone with J1 with 2HRR cannot apply for H1B right after J1 and ecfmg supposedly doesn't allow research to clinical conversion without waiting for a year or two. Any one with experience please shed some light on this.
It looks as though getting a research position with 2year HRR makes things really complicated. If someone has changed from J1 research to clinical could you please elaborate. I know that Indian govt has stopped giving NOCs for any category of J1 so it all seems very confusing. My doubt specifically is if I could work in a research position say for example 2014-04/2016 under J1 research with 2 year HRR and apply for start a residency program in 06/2016 with either H1B or J1 clinical.
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From what I know, I think you can transfer the J1 research to a J1 clinical for when you start your residency, it would be like an extension (the J1 can be good for 7 years, doing research, residency and fellow) That would be sponsored by ECFMG. I have some friends following the same path as you, and I don't think they have any problem with it.

On the other hand, you can forget about h1b. Once you are on J1, you cant go to h1b, unless you complete the 2 year rule. One of the solutions to that problem is to get a J1 waiver so that you don't have to do the 2 year home rule after you are done with your residency or fellow.
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From what I know, I think you can transfer the J1 research to a J1 clinical for when you start your residency, it would be like an extension (the J1 can be good for 7 years, doing research, residency and fellow) That would be sponsored by ECFMG. I have some friends following the same path as you, and I don't think they have any problem with it.

On the other hand, you can forget about h1b. Once you are on J1, you cant go to h1b, unless you complete the 2 year rule. One of the solutions to that problem is to get a J1 waiver so that you don't have to do the 2 year home rule after you are done with your residency or fellow.
Thanks! I knew about the whole process but I was looking for RL experiences just to be sure because of someone trolling on forums to create hysteria.
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You should beware though, if you fail to secure a residency after your research program ends, you will have to go back 2 years. Maybe these people creating hysteria were suffering that fate.

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You should beware though, if you fail to secure a residency after your research program ends, you will have to go back 2 years. Maybe these people creating hysteria were suffering that fate.
Apparently, Indian govt is still allowing waivers for J1 research. Like I said, I had my doubts because of people trolling without any real info. People who have actually got those waivers are hard to find on forums.

Also, I think it's unlikely that someone who has worked as a post doc would end up without matching. I know someone who had zero publications by the end of their post doc period and had a lot of bad reviews from his PI who matched in a non malignant program. That is the worst case scenario I suppose.
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