National Interest Waiver program

 
The National Interest Waiver program allows professionals of exceptional ability to request a waiver of the U.S. immigration labor certification requirements, based on a letter of recommendation from a state health department.
 
Request a waiver
 
Requirements
Physicians must: 
  • Practice full time in an underserved area for 5 years. 
    • Up to 3 years spent in H1-B status to fulfill J-1 visa waiver requirements may be counted toward the five-year term.
  • Practice in the public interest.
  • Submit a complete application with payment.
There is a modified application process if you’re already completing a J-1 visa waiver obligation. Contact us for details.
 
About the program
  • National Interest Waivers are an effective way for foreign physicians to obtain permanent residency status in the U.S.
  • There is no limit to the number of recommendations a state can make each year.