Government Medical College Chandigarh Old Students Association
I have heard from some people that maximum duration of J1 visa is 7 years. so people who have done 5 or 6 yr Surgery residency programs on J1 are unable to do fellowships. Could somebody give info as to what extent this statement is true.
The general duration for J1
visa sponsorship for alien physicians for
residency/fellowship training is about 7 years. But rules
keep on changing. Below is an excerpt from the ECFMG website
(which sponsors J1 visa for ACGME accredited programs):
If the J1 is sponsored by 2 different bodies, can it then be for more than 7 years. What I mean is like initially if J1 is sponsored by some institute for doing research with them and then later when you join residency by ECFMG. So does ECFMG takes into account the years you have already been on J1 or is it max of 7 yrs irrespective of that. I hope I am able to get my question across.
I don't think you should be going into the complicated scenario of 2 J1 visas. J1 visa can be sponsored by a whole variety of organizations/universities etc for a whole variety of reasons. The one for research, if I am not wrong, is valid for 3 years. It is going to be a real pain to switch from a J1 research to a J1 clinical visa (for residency etc). To answer your specific question, I don't know the correct answer, but if I interpret the rules correctly, the J1 sponsored by ECFMG for residency is separate from the J1 for research, and should be valid for 7 years. But as I mentioned, two different J1's are a very very bad combination...have not heard of anyone doing that as yet (obviously, if it was a good option, there would have been a lot of people pursuing it!).
Just one more suggestion (and I know someone at my school who has done this). If you are on a J1 visa as a researcher and you get your PI (principal investigator) to give you a letter stating that you are indispensable, you can actually change your status to an H1B visa. I am not aware of the exact mechanics of the arrangement but I am pretty certain there is a provision for it.
Many thanks for giving you opinion, but would u please also tell me why is it a bad option (2 J1 visas I mean).
As I mentioned before, there
are many classes of J1 visas (believe it or not) - and the
duration of stay for each depends on who is sponsoring it
and what the J1 is for. So depending on the type of J1, the
duration of stay can range for 6 months (scholars etc) to 7
years (physicians pursuing residency training).
Hi guys, well guys after so many opinions I received I called up ECFMG J1 info services. In nutshell the news is that when ECFMG sponsors J1 it does not take account which visa u r on previously. So even if u r a researcher on J1 (a max of 3 yrs) and now changing to clinical J1 sponsored by ECFMG it will be for 7 yrs. So meaning there by u can be on J1 for 10 yrs altogether by this method. The switch is definitely possible and u do not have to return to ur country in between ur changeover. So I guess not all is bad news.
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