Service Obligated Programs Database

Health and Human Services Exchange Visitor J-1 Visa Waiver Program for Clinical Services

Summary:The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services works with physicians to request a waiver for the 2-year home-country residency requirement on behalf of foreign-trained physicians holding J-1 visas. Physicians are required to practice in mental health or primary care Health Professional Shortage Areas.

Agency:U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Sponsor:United States

Program Type:J-1 Visa Waiver

Length of Service:Three year commitment

Type of Designation Required:Primary care or mental health HPSA

Minimum HPSA Score Required:7

Place of Service Obligation:Health facilities located in a HPSA with a score of 7 or higher

Health Professionals Supported:Foreign-trained Physicians

Additional Information:If the position is posted on the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Opportunities List, the employer may only offer that position to a J-1 visa physician in the event that it remains unfilled by an NHSC scholar or loan repayer eligible for placement at the end of the NHSC Placement Cycle.

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