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Old 07-31-2012
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B1 Visa B1/B2 Vs F1 for doing US rotations

I hope someone can answer this imp. question for me. Someone out there who has been through the process. I did my undergrad in US then moved to the Caribbean to do Medschool, l finished my basic sciences and now I want to go back to US to do my clinical rotations.
Should I apply for B1/B2 to do rotations. Most people are suggesting this, but when u enter on B1/B2 visa the max. time you get is 6 months (and I want to do my entire 2 yrs there). Is there a way to enter for a longer time on this Visa category. Because having to leave the country every 6 months in middle of the rotations. Does not seem very efficient.
Shud I apply for F1. How does that work? How does someone apply for F1 to do rotations. Who will be issuing me the I-20 ? I did my undergrad in US using F1. During which we had to be in school back to back every semester. If we missed even a semester or did not go to school, we would be out of status and considered illegal. How does a F1 work for doing rotations when you will probably be jumping from one hospital to another, can someone plz explain..
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Hi , well you can stay for 6 months only in one stay and you have to exit and re enter USA again, The duration of 6 month limit is most common it depends how much time period they allow you for that entry at US port of entry, sometimes they limit you to 3 months and sometimes when you have a reason strong enough to stay for more than 6 months they may stamp a 1 yr visa entry(i know it has happened to my friend) But most common limit is 6 months.

For F1 visa you'll have to be accepted by some med school which gives you clinical rotations on F1 visa like Mount sinai school of medicine NYC.
if you are accepted there you'll get I-20 from them and then apply for the F1 visa.
The limit in F1 visa is your duration of studies . Say you are accepted for 6 months clinical rotation at MSSM then you can stay 8 months in USA at a stretch (limit is 2 months after completion of your course/degree)

I hope you understood. Since single university doesnt give you so many rotations and they are expensive too (2000$ at MSSM). So i would suggest to get B1 visa Multiple Entry. it will be cheaper and you can do rotations at several different places if you are eligible.
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