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Ohio J-1 Visa Waiver Program

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Ohio Department of Health
Mar 31, 2024



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.


Ohio Department of Health has a strong preference for primary care physicians and psychiatrists who will practice in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).

Applications for other specialties are accepted with adequate documentation of community need.

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.

Application process:

  1. Email a Notice of Intent to Apply to as soon as possible.
  2. Mail the application fee and fee form to:
    Ohio Department of Health
    Attn: Revenue Unit
    246 N. High St., 5th floor
    Columbus, OH 43215
  3. Email a scanned copy of the application, fee check, and fee form to

Applications must be postmarked by March 31, 2024.

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

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