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Ohio J-1 Visa Waiver Program

Ohio Department of Health
Mar 31, 2019

The Ohio State 30 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 Ohio, 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.


Primary care physicians, psychiatrists, and sub-specialty trained physicians are eligible to apply.

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 non-refundable fee of $3,571 is required for each application.

Application process

Links to additional guidance and the application packet are available on the program website. Begin the process by submitting the Notice of Intent to Apply form to as soon as possible.

Mail the original application package and fee to:

Ohio Department of Health
Attn: Revenue Unit
P.O. Box 15728
Columbus, OH 43215

Mail a copy of the application to:

Ohio Department of Health
Primary Care Office
Attn: J-1 Visa Waiver Program
246 N High Street, 7th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215

The second application cycle for the 2019 program year is open only for primary care and behavioral health placements. Applications must be postmarked by March 31, 2019.

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

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