I heard a story of my friend's friend ( an IMG with no GC/Citizenship) who got matched at the program in CA which usually doesn't take IMGs, that too with scores in 80s and 1-2 months of observership.. Of course he had some connections.. But is this possible even if you have one? Matched at the program that usually doesn't take IMGs, that too in CA?) Do connections work to this extent? Previously I thought "when a program says they don't take IMGs, they are not ALLOWED to take them.. When they say they don't sponsor H1B, they are not ALLOWED to do that." But this really shook me..