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Illinois J-1 Visa Waiver Program

Illinois Center for Rural Health
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

The Illinois 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 Illinois, 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.


All medical specialties are eligible.

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.

A $3,000 processing fee should be submitted with the application.

Application process

A link to application instructions is available on the program website.

Completed applications should be mailed to:

J-1 Visa Waiver Program
Illinois Department of Public Health
Center for Rural Health
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761-0001

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Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · J-1 Visa Waiver · Physicians · Primary care · Specialty care · Illinois

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