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I am applying for a limited state medical license and for DS-2019 for the purpose of J1 visa. I also have applied for a statement of need. I will have all documents except the medical license ready by end-april, i guess. I was wondering if i have to wait for the license before appearing for a J-1 visa interview. Searched a lot but couldn't find a conclusive answer. I know i cannot start residency without the license but can i get a visa?


Try to search for past forum users who matched on J1 last year.perhaps they can help.


Thanks, ladydocz.


Hey indidoc,

How did u apply for the statement of need? Did u apply for it in indian embassy in US or in India? What are the requirements for getting the statement of need?



You are eligible for the visa without the license. Now, if you need it for your visa interview, I can't answer that.


Thanks for answering, bbb.

mle99, I have applied for the statement of need in india.

For requirements and the process, I quote a post from this forum that is very useful and succinct.

"Hi all,

I have added for the benefit of few who are applying for J1 visa.

step-1:Get the Letter of offer either by post or by fax
step-2:Sign the letter of offer and make photocopies of it
step-3:Get the statement of need
STATEMENT OF NEED: (for indians)
1.Photocopy of signed letter of offer
2.Covering letter or requisition letter
3.Photocopy of your passport name page
4.written assurance letter..the format is available at the following website

Address: (as of 30.03.2006)
Mrs.Anita puri
Undersecretary(international co-operation)
Room no:752-A
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Nirman Bhavan
New Delhi 110 011.
phone no: 0(91)11-2306 1945

Approximate duration:takes anywhere between 2 days to a week.

Step-4: To get form DS-2019 from ECFMG..Follow the steps..

step-5: Read the fact sheet and go through the application materials under
ESVP in the webpage

step-5: Take a print out of the application materials from

step-6: Fill section-A of the application form only.
One clarification: 10.Health and Accident
insurance.Mostly this is sponsored by Hospital.if
not we have to purchase private coverage.How to do
it? Any Inputs will be appreciated.Check with the
program coordinator.

step-7: Prepare the following Documents:
1.Signed Letter of offer
2.Application form for initial sponsorship(with section-A
3.Statement of need
4.Current C.V (it is preferable to use new one,as it
requires history to date..ERAS cv may not be up to
5.Copy of passport name page
6.200$ administrative fee(check or Money order
payable to 'ECFMG'..or else pay by credit account
summary-Make a payment On-line)
7.Return Airbill for expedited delivery to the TPL(mostly
Program Co-ordinator)
How to get this????..plz add if you know it..
8.if you have any dependent,fill the J-2 dependent visa
sponsorship application

Some Additional Documents which the program
coordinator may ask fordo not mail originals)
1.Medical school transcript
2.Medical school diploma
3.Ecfmg certificate
4.Dean's letter(if not included in ERAS file)
5.Two letters of recommendation(if not included in
ERAS file)

step-8: Send the above documents to the TPL(Program
Coordinator) Not to the ECFMG.. Preferably by
Courier as time is the key to get the DS-2019(as it
takes 4-6 weeks).
DHL gives 50% concession for University related
services..takes generally 3-4 days to reach the
program coordinator..

step-9: TPL(Program coordinator) will review the filled
section-A and fill the section-B.It is they who send our
application forms to ECFMG..Hope i'm right..

step-10: After 4-6 weeks,ECFMG will send our DS-2019 form
to TPL(Program Coordinator)..It is for this purpose
we have to send the return airbill so that it can reach
the TPL faster..ECFMG is not authorised to release
this directly to the applicant..

step-11: TPL will send the DS-2019 to us..Request TPL to send
it by courier rather by regular mail..

step- 12: Pay DHS SEVIS FEE..log on to the electronic form
I-901 and submit a credit card payment of 100$
is a must before visa interview..

step-13: Fix an appointment for J-1 visa with the local US
consulate through

Almost all of us will be eligible for emergency
appointment as we will get our DS- 2019 by may
end.Presently VFS in india is in a transition for 4-6
weeks as far as the emergency appointment is
concerned.Hope this gets alright by may end..if not
write to VFS and to US consulate seeking
emergency appointment.There is no way you can fix
an appointment now itself without having your DS-
2019..So lets not be concerned about the lack of
appointment slots during may and june..

step-14: Prior to confirming a visa interview appointment
online or at any US Visa Application Centre, you
need to pay the following fees and obtain a Visa Fee
Receipt from HDFC Bank.When going to HDFC Bank,
please carry with you a photocopy of the 1st page of
the applicant's passport

The fees payable at HDFC Bank per passport are: -

1.Visa Application Fee (MRV Fee): $100 in Indian Rupee equivalent at consular rate of exchange. Rupee amount at current rate of exchange (Rs. 46) is Rs 4,600/-
This fee is payable in cash or by DD/HDFC Bank cheque favouring "US Embassy - Visa Fees". DDs issued by cooperative banks are not accepted.

2.VFS' Service Charge: Rs 276/- (inclusive of Service Tax @ 10% and Education Cess Tax @ 0.2%)
This fee is payable in cash or by DD/HDFC Bank cheque favouring "HDFC Bank a/c VFS". DDs issued by cooperative banks are not accepted.
IMPORTANT: The fee receipt gets activated 2 working days from date of issue. Do not attempt to take an appointment till then.
The above fees are not refundable. HDFC Bank's fee receipt can be used to make an appointment within 1 year from date of issue. The receipt is deemed as utilized once the interview has taken place, and cannot be used to make a subsequent appointment.
3. Visa Issuance fee is not required for J-1 visa

step-15: Before appearing for interview ensure the following
documents are with you..
Mandatory Requirements:
1. Valid passport. You are recommended to have passport valid for at least six months beyond your interview date.
2. One photograph as per specification.
3. Original signed form DS-156
4.Original Form DS-157
5.Original form DS-158 if applicable.
6.Valid HDFC Bank visa fee receipt
7.Interview appointment letter

Other Documents:
1. SEVIS generated Form DS-2019 in original, approved and signed by the University authority.
2. Proof of payment of SEVIS Fee Receipt I-901, if applicable.
3. Evidence of financial resources.
4. If you are being funded by an Organization (Indian or American), a letter from the organization explaining what funding will be provided.
5. Original Bachelor degree transcripts or high school diploma along with mark sheets from previous institutions attended.
6.Letter of offer from the Program.

USMLE evaluation sheets
ECFMG certificate
No objection certificate from the present employer
Travel Itinerary

For Dependents:

1.Passport, visa fee receipt issued by HDFC Bank and interview appointment letter.
2. Individual Form DS-2019 in original approved and signed by the University authority.
3. A copy of the Form DS-2019 of the Principal Applicant.
4. Photocopy of the principal applicant's valid visa (if applying separately).
5. Original Marriage certificate (for spouse) along with your entire wedding photo album.
6. Original Birth certificate (for each child).
7. Additional financial resources to support the dependents.

step-16:Get Your visa stamped on your Passport..WISH YOU GOOD LUCK"


Thank you very much for your quick reply, indidoc. One more question- how long did it take for you to get the statement of need? Will it be more easier if we get it from Indian Embassy in US?


I haven't got the statement of need yet. They said it will take a week or so. I don't know about the Indian embassy in USA.


Thanks and GL with your application process....

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