Ohio Hospital Newswire


ODH State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program Application Cycle Now Open




The 2019 application cycle for Ohio’s J-1 Visa Waiver Program is now open. Potential sponsors should complete and submit the Notice of Intent to Apply form as soon as possible. All applications must be postmarked by Nov. 9.

The Ohio Department of Health participates in the State 30 Program to increase access to health care services for Ohio’s medically underserved areas/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.

The State 30 Program has a strong preference for primary care physicians and psychiatrists who will practice in health professional shortage areas, but applications for other specialties are accepted with adequate documentation of community need.

Physicians seeking J-1 waivers may not apply directly to ODH; applications are accepted only from sponsoring health care organizations. Sponsoring health care organizations 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

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