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Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) J-1 Visa Waiver Program

Northern Border Regional Commission
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

The Northern Border Regional Commission J-1 Visa Waiver Program offers a J-1 Visa waiver to foreign physicians who commit to serving for 3 years in underserved, rural areas of the Northern Border region, 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 working in the Northern Border region are eligible to apply for a J-1 waiver.

Geographic coverage
Locations within the Northern Border Regional Commission service area
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 application materials are available on the program website.

Requests for a waiver must be sponsored by a state within the NBRC's region. To begin the process, contact the designated J-1 Program specialist in the state of employment.

Specialists will only be able to apply for a waiver after April 1, 2024, with an appropriate showing of need.

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Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · J-1 Visa Waiver · Physicians · Primary care · Specialty care · Maine · New Hampshire · New York · Vermont

For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.