It is important to keep in mind that graduates of Canadian medical schools are in a favored position as compared with most IMGs.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) unfortunately does not designate any foreign medical exams, including the LMCC, as equivalent to the FLEX. Over 80% of the state licensing boards recognize the LMCC as equivalent to the FLEX, preventing many qualified Canadian physicians from obtaining temporary working status in the U.S. These same laws, however, permit Canadian physicians to secure permanent residence in the U.S. without having passed the FLEX or an equivalent.
Obtaining H-1B status for a Canadian physician is a three-step process:
The process of obtaining an H-1B work permit for a Canadian physician who is licensed in the U.S. usually takes between two to four months.
A U.S. employer may obtain permanent residence "green card" status for a Canadian physician if that employer can prove that it is unable to locate a U.S. physician to fill that position. The following three step process is utilized:
This process usually takes 12-18 months.
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