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California J-1 Visa Waiver Program

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.


All 30 slots were filled as of May 6, 2020. No additional applications will be accepted until the next application cycle.

California Department of Health Care Services
May 6, 2020

The California J-1 Visa Waiver Program offers a J-1 Visa waiver to foreign physicians who commit to serving for 3 years in an underserved area of California, waiving the foreign medical residency requirement and allowing them to remain in the United States. The program is intended to provide physician services in areas that typically have difficulty attracting and retaining physicians.


Priority is given to primary care physicians working in federally designated underserved areas, including:

  • Family practice physicians
  • Pediatricians
  • General obstetrics/gynecologists
  • Internists
  • Psychiatrists
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

This is an incentive program that offers foreign physicians a visa waiver, allowing them to work in the U.S.

Application process

Links to additional guidance are available on the program website.

Completed applications should be mailed to:

Primary, Rural, and Indian Health Division
Attention: J-1 Visa Waiver Coordinator
P.O. 997413, MS 8502
Sacramento, CA 95899-7413

A courier address is also provided in the application instructions.

This program begins accepting applications October 1st and continues until all spots are filled. The status of approved applications is updated regularly on the program website.

Tagged as
Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · J-1 Visa Waiver · Physicians · Prenatal care and obstetrics · Primary care · California

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