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December 23, 2001
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I am a first year student of medical faculty. My both sisters are in the USA, but not citizens of the USA. My mother and father are in India. I am planning to settle in the US as a doctor. Will I have to do internship before taking the USMLE [US Medical License Exam]? I have already with me a ten-year visitor visa. I have visited the US twice. After passing Steps 1 and 2 of USMLE, can I take Step 3 exam on visitor visa, or will I have to get a new type of visa? Also, I want your suggestion about my marriage. Should I marry an American citizen or Indian citizen? which would be better?

Steps for USMLE, Jetpur, Gujarat, India
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I am a 20 year old Economics honours graduate from Delhi University, with an aggregate of 54.5%. My TOEFL [Test of English as a Foreign Language] score stands at 660. My family and I are migrating to Canada and expect to receive our landing papers early next year. I want to do an MBA from one of the top tier schools in the country. As I understand, a minimum of 2 years of work experience is essential in order to get into one of the better schools. What I want to know is whether I stand a chance of getting admission with a 3-year degree and my aggregate score? If I have to do an additional year to be considered a graduate, can I get credit for my degree? What kind of work experience should I aspire for?

Repeat Visitor, Noida, UP, India
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I graduated from a top 25 school with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the US in April 2000. Being an international student, I was able to skip 2 years of high school and entered college at 17 years old. When the Asian crisis occurred in 1998, I had to work part time, and adding to the fact that I was young and playful, my grades slipped horribly. I am thinking of doing my Masters, either in Business or Economics. I already took my GMAT [Graduate Management Aptitude Test] and GRE [Graduate Record Exam]. My GMAT score was 725 and my GRE was 700 Quantitative, 690 Analytical, and 680 Verbal, for a total of 2070. However, my undergraduate GPA [Grade Point Average] is only 2.04. What do you think are my chances of getting into ANY graduate degree programs? Thank you in advance for your answer.

Challenged by GPA, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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I am student of Bangladesh. I have completed M.Com. [Masters in Commerce or Business] in Management. Now I want to get myself admitted in your university in MBA program. Please send me detailed information.

Applicant, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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I congratulate you for the service you are providing. I am a 26 year-old engineering graduate who has done few jobs before starting his own small business. I sincerely believe in achieving success through sustained hard work and patience. In the past year or so, our team has done small projects for overseas clients. These were primarily data processing projects (data entry, making spreadsheets and data conversion etc.). I know a huge market for this kind of work exists for a country like India that has a huge trained manpower at measly rates. Until now we got these projects from some of my friends who were studying or working there. Now realising its potential, I want to do this business in a full-fledged way. I have reasonable resources (10 computers, plenty of space, trained manpower and ability to invest further). Please advice me on how to go about it in a planned way. Which are the companies and sectors I should contact in the USA, Australia, Europe, etc. which can outsource such work? What are the acceptable rates for which I should agree to work? What laws I have to keep in mind when taking huge contracts? To add further to my abilities, I can also handle projects concerning voice transcription from cassettes and audio files. In short, guide me on how to go about it sensibly and logically.

IT Outsourcing, Chandigarh, India
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Are there any implications of changing my H4 visa to an F1? How soon can it be done?

H4 vs F1, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
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I desperately need your advice, as on the basis of your advice I shall make my next move. I have done 2-year MBA, and now I am working for Ogilvy & Mather as an Account Executive. I want to make it in a big way, so I am planning to go to the States, Canada or Singapore. I have come to know that to make it big, I will have to again do a 2-year MBA from one of the above-mentioned countries. I am neither financially sound to manage my educational expenses nor can I take loans nor do I have the time to spend 2 years for work and learn programs. Can't I make it with my current educational qualification, or will I have to take the GMAT [Graduate Management Aptitude Test] and do a course in advertising?

Education vs Employment, India
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I am an H4 visa holder. I am going to college next fall. Is there any possible way to get financial aid or, in other words, can I get grant from FAFSA [Free Application for Federal Student Aid], scholarship or loans, or some sort of job in the colleges?

Aid for College, Moline, Illinois, USA
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