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California J-1 Visa Waiver Program

California State Office of Rural Health
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

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 and the application instructions are available on the program website.

Completed applications should be mailed to:

Department of Health Care Access and Information
Healthcare Workforce Development Division
Attention: J-1 Visa Waiver Coordinator
2020 W El Camino Ave
Sacramento, CA 95833

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Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · J-1 Visa Waiver · Maternal health and prenatal care · Physicians · Primary care · Specialty care · California

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