Ohio Hospital Newswire
2017 J-1 Visa Waiver Application Deadlines Approaching
The 2017 application cycle for Ohio’s J-1 Visa Waiver Program is open. Potential sponsors for the 2017 application cycle should complete and submit the Notice of Intent to Apply form as soon as possible. Applications for high-priority primary care and addiction treatment placements will be accepted until June 30. All other applications must be postmarked by March 31.
The Ohio Department of Health participates in the State 30 Program to increase access to health care services for Ohio’s medically underserved populations. J-1 visa waivers allow foreign medical graduates to remain in the United States after completing residency/fellowship training in exchange for a three-year commitment to provide health care services in underserved areas.
Mental health and primary care health professional shortage areas (HPSAs), certain Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA/Ps), and certain public and children’s hospitals located in MUAs are considered as underserved areas in the Ohio State 30 Program. Of the 30 slots available each year, up to 10 "flex" slots may be used for placements outside of underserved areas, if an adequate level of service to residents of these areas is documented. Qualified international graduates granted waivers must provide direct patient care for 40 hours per week and provide health care to all patients regardless of their ability to pay.
The State 30 Program is open to all physician specialties, although the preference is for primary care physicians practicing in health professional shortage areas. J-1 physicians seeking waivers cannot apply directly to ODH; applications are accepted only from sponsoring health care facilities. Sponsoring health care facilities as well as J-1 physicians must accept Medicaid, Medicare and uninsured patients, and must provide services on a sliding fee scale based on 200 percent of the current federal poverty level.
A more detailed overview of the program and the application process is available on the ODH website.