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Hello. This is my first time at this site; I hope that you can help me out. I am a foreign medical graduate; I had finished Medical School in India and am an Indian citizen. I was born in the Bahrain in the Middle East. I have been here in the United States on and off for the past three years trying to get into a medical residency program. I have been on a B1/B2 visa; I was in the process of converting my visa to an F-1 student visa. Last week I got an offer to join a medical residency; they offered me a J-1 visa. I am very keen on joining them but need some guidance on if I can stay within the United States for the conversion to the J-1 visa or if I have to go back to India to get it. I really would appreciate it if you were aware of any websites that might explain this all to me because it is a little confusing. I hope that I have been clear and thanks for taking the time.

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Hi Michael,

You can change status from B1/B2 to J-1 while you are in the U.S. The approval notice will have a new I-94 attached to the bottom of the approval notice so you can continue to remain in the U.S.

If you travel outside the U.S. for any reason after changing status to J-1, then you would need to be issued a J-1 visa by a U.S. Consulate abroad in order to enter the U.S.

Form I-539 can be downloaded here: http://uscis.gov/graphics/formsfee/forms/i-539.htm

Regards,
Ajay K. Arora, Esq.
www.H1B1.com

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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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