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I am a recent graduate PA from US school in Buffalo. Originally from Ontario, Canada and now working in New York state. I noticed some posts where people were asking questions about US PA schools. If anyone has any questions about studying in US PA program or employment, I would be happy to answer them.

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Hi xngn8r! Just a curiosity question because we do get the question a lot. 

What was your process for securing employment in the US as a Canadian citizen? Did you have to find a job where your employer have to sponsor your work visa? Or did you apply for a work visa before securing work? 

Thanks!

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When I was looking at schools, the Canadian programs were not accredited in US, but US programs were accepted in Canada.  I am not sure if any Canadian PA programs are now accredited in US. PA profession has been already quite developed in US and the job market is still very strong. Actually, I think it will be getting stronger. Trump just cut the funding  to Medicare that goes to residency spots and programs will be able to hire less residents. They will have to fill the gaps with PA's or NP's. I was quite worried about securing job as PA in US, but turned out that there was enough demand that employers were willing to sponsor me for H1B. The key is to apply to teaching hospitals affiliated with Universities. They are exempt from H1B cap and can file them year around vs. other employers who can only file once per year in April. To be honest when I graduated I have applied for a few positions in Canada out of curiosity, but has not received any replies. 

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Hi xngn8r!

Can you please tell us what the tuition is like for PA schools in US? I have heard the tuition is A LOT more compared to Canada. 
Would you be considered an international student when applying to US?

Thanks!

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