- Do decide on your states where you would like to live before your search.
- Do start your search at least one year before your last year of residency or fellowship.
- Do check licensing requirements for your preferred states.
- Don't wait to get your credential evaluated through FCVS – apply at https://www.fsmb.org/.
- Do gather copies of your DS2019 forms and USMLE score reports.
- Do get a copy of your current I-94 at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/
- Do apply for Department of State waiver review file number at https://j1visawaiverrecommendation.state.gov/.
- Don't let your passport expire. Renew it as soon as possible if expiring before your expected start date.
- Don't sign a contract before your contract attorney or immigration attorney looks at it.
- Don't make any travel plans before discussing with your immigration attorney.
- Do have a backup plan if your J-1 waiver application is not accepted or approved.
I hope this article helps you understand basic immigration requirements, but please don't consider it as legal advice or legal opinion about your specific circumstances. Evaluation of your case from an experienced immigration lawyer should be part of your immigration prescription.
For legal advice and guidance for your unique situation, you are invited to schedule an immigration strategy session with me.