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    On a J1 Visa, genarally you will get a two-year home residency which means that you are required to return to you home country after you complete this intership or residency program. Also, before you complete the residency, you are not eligible to apply for any other status change and hence, you will not qualify for a H1B or Green Card.

    On the other hand, if you are on a H1B Visa, you are allowed to work for one or more than one employer for a period totalling 6 years. Not only that, you can also apply for your Green Card while on a H1B status and thus, do not have to leave US.

    Basis the above analysis, it is preferable to apply for H1-B while you are doing your residency for medicine