J-1 visa waiver program
We can recommend to the U.S. Department of State that the two-year home obligation be waived for qualified international medical graduates.
Request a waiver
We typically only fill 12-15 slots each year. Please contact us for current availability of waiver and/or flex slots.
- Practice full time in an underserved area for three years.
- Practice in the public interest.
- Submit a complete application with payment.
About the program
Physicians who attend medical school and receive a medical degree in a foreign country are permitted to come to the United States for residency training on a J-1 visa.
Upon completion of residency training, these physicians are required to return to their home country for two years before applying for a new U.S. visa.
The two-year home-return requirement may be waived if the physician is willing to practice medicine full time for three years in an underserved area of the United States.
Physicians must work in underserved areas of the state to increase access to primary and specialty medical services.
No state can make more than 30 waiver recommendations each year.
Ten “flex” placements are available each year to physicians who serve the underserved but aren't located in a federally designated shortage area.
Waivers can be granted for primary care or specialist physicians.
View the state rules and regulations.
View the federal rules and regulations.
Additional information on J-1 visas for travel to the United States
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