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B Visas: Background and Medical Clerkships | US Visa Immigration in Thailand

B Visas: Background and Medical Clerkships

by admin on May 4, 2009

Probably the most basic form of a US visa is the B1/B2 visa. The “B” visa class encompasses travel for tourism and Short business trips. There are more applications for “B” visas than for other types of US visas in Thailand and as a result more rejections.

In our Thailand law practice we usually encounter the “B” visa class in 2 circumstances. The first is when a US partner would like to use the visa for bringing a boyfriend or girlfriend to the USA. The “B” visa is often perceived as a way for a partner to visit the USA without the commitment that a fiancée or marriage visa requests.

In such cases, we normally do not accept those cases and advise the couple to consider a fiancée visa if and when they become more committed to the relationship. The reason for our reluctance to accept “B” visa cases under these circumstances is that the.  “B” visa usually is denied by the US embassy based on the Thai partner failing to show sufficient “ ties “ to Thailand.      

The other way we encounter “B” cases is with Thai citizens independently seeking to enter the US for business related travel. This would fall into the “B1” category. The “B1” visa is quite flexible insofar as that it allows travel for short term business meetings , conferences and training courses. Occasionally prospective students will also use the B visa for investigating schools and educational possibilities before applying for an F (student) or J (training) visa apply.

Although the “B1” visa is generally associated with short term business trips, one aspect of the flexibility of the visa is that it can also be used for more longer term business professional and educational objectives as designated by law.

One interesting use of the “B1” visa is its use for an “Elective Clerkship” by foreign medical students for training at a US medical school hospital. The “Clerkship” must be without remuneration. The visa is available for foreign medical students pursing their 3rd and 4th year internship in a US medical school in furtherance of a foreign medical degree. The visa is for “practical experience”. The “B1” visa may therefore fill a gap when more traditional visas for education are the F visa and J visa are not available.

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Olga December 17, 2015 at 10:31 am

(9/20/12 6:08 PM)”… Brazilians (287,000)…”The “Brazilian” immigrants to Japan are moltsy, probably overwhelmingly, ethnic Japanese whose forebears had earlier migrated to Brazil.Even they have proved culturally difficult to integrate and being encouraged to return. Yes, I lived in Japan for a while and have many Japanese friends.Japanese who have grown up abroad are not considered “real Japanese” by many Japanese (even if they are 100% Japanese genetically… both parents being Japanese). They are talked about and unofficially discriminated against by companies who hire new employees. It’s kind of weird in a way, and the Japanese even have a special word for these people (the Japanese who grew up abroad) which I have forgotten.In fact, merely spending a substantial period of time during your early youth can get you put into this group. Hence, many Japanese executives who are overseas worry that their children might land into this group and have diminished career prospects in Japan. If there are a number of them in an area abroad they will start an all Japanese elementary school to soak their children in Japanese language and culture to try to avoid this problem.Regarding Chinese and Koreans, most Japanese regard them with not so slight contempt (messy, dirty, untrustworthy, etc ..) Probably the same way many Whites view NAMS overall. Though I have noticed recently that the financial success of China and Korea has earned them some grudging respect from the Japanese friends I still speak with.On the other hand, if you are a high achieving White and/or a handsome White (or both optimally) you will have no shortage of Japanese ladies who want to marry you (the yellow fever goes both ways and is even worse in places like Hong Kong or Shanghai where the women will simply go gaga over you). But if you are NAM who is not White (i.e. Hispanic or Black) you are lower than the Chinese or Koreans in their eyes of most Japanese by a country mile. Koreans and Chinese also hold this view and are very upset about the miniscule thimble full levels of African immigrants in their county . The Asians, overall, view Blacks and Browns, about the same way Whites in the U.S do who are not indoctrinated with SWPL cultural Marxist philosophy (to be avoided or given a wide birth if possible). Maybe even worse.The Japanese (and China and Korea too to an extent) don’t have any problem accepting and incorporating what they think is the best from other cultures (including potential superior or of at least equal quality White genetic material in their view).I know, it sounds like Heaven for a handome White guy.It was (is?).But I still like the European ladies best of all.

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