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J-1 Visa Waiver Program - third application cycle open until June 30, 2019

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) participates in the State 30 Program to increase access to health care services for Ohio’s underserved populations. J-1 visa waivers allow foreign medical graduates to remain in the United States after completing residency/fellowship training in exchange for a three-year commitment to provide health care services in underserved areas.

The third application cycle for the 2019 program year is now open only for primary care and behavioral health placements . More information regarding this cycle is posted on our webpage at:

Potential sponsors for the third application cycle for the 2019 program year should complete and submit the Notice of Intent to Apply Form as soon as possible. Applications must be postmarked by June 30, 2019. The application cycle may close prior to June 30, 2019 if all slots have been filled; please note that there are approximately six slots available in this application cycle.

  • Applications for non-primary care specialties will not be accepted in the third application cycle for the 2019 program year.  Please refer to Program Category 1 for the specialties and practice settings that are included in the third application cycle.
  • Please thoroughly read the application instructions and forms and be sure to use only the 2019 application forms. Check all documents for completeness, accuracy and consistency before submission. Do not submit additional materials unless requested.
  • Applications from sponsors who submit more than one application will not be reviewed unless the same sponsor-identified representative is named on each application.
  • Application reviews will include evaluation of the sponsor's adherence to program requirements for current and past participants.


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