J-1 Visas in Ohio
If you want to obtain a J-1 Visa Waiver in Ohio, here’s what you need to do:
- Start your job search about 18 months prior to when you want to start working.
- Find a job at an eligible J-1 site in our state. You can search for J-1 eligible jobs on 3RNET. Start your J-1 job search in Ohio now.
- Connect with the J-1 contact to ask questions and learn about additional steps you may need to take.
Primary care and mental health HPSAs, certain Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA/Ps), and certain public and children’s hospitals located in MUAs are considered as underserved areas in the Ohio State 30 Program.
Of the 30 slots available each year, up to 10 "flex" slots may be used for placements outside of underserved areas, if an adequate level of service to residents of these areas is documented.
Qualified international graduates granted waivers must provide direct patient care for 40 hours per week and provide health care to all patients regardless of their ability to pay.
The Ohio State 30 Program is open to all physician specialties, although the preference is for primary care physicians who will practice in HPSAs.
Physicians seeking J-1 Visa Waivers may not apply directly to ODH; applications are accepted only from sponsoring health care organizations.
Sponsoring health care organizations as well as J-1 physicians must accept Medicaid, Medicare and uninsured patients, and must provide services on a sliding fee scale based on 200 percent of the current federal poverty level.
Ohio J-1 Visa Waiver Program - Eligibility, Application & Resources Webpage
J-1 Visa Contact in Ohio:
J-1 Visa Waiver Program
Ohio Department of Health, Primary Care Office