Primary Care (FP, IM, OB/GYN, PED, PSY).
Please review guidelines for criteria for specialist.
Visit our website to view J-1 Visa Waivers Guidelines:
For comprehensive information regarding Virginia's processing of J-1 Visa Waivers, please visit our website prior to contacting our office.
In addition to its participation in the Conrad 30 Waiver Program, the Commonwealth also participates in the Appalachian Regional Commission’s (ARC) J-1 Visa Waiver Program. ARC is a federal government agency that considers J-1 visa waiver requests by state governors on behalf of medical facilities located in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in the respective state's Appalachian Region. If the employer is located in an Appalachian region of the Commonwealth, VDH will forward the application for processing by the ARC as an interested government agency.
In an effort to maximize available resources, and improve access to health care for residents of underserved areas, applicants that are eligible for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) J-1 Wavier program should utilize the ARC J-1 Waiver program. In Virginia, there are 25 counties and eight independent cities that are eligible for the ARC J-1 Wavier program. Specialist physicians are NOT eligible for the ARC J-1 Waiver program and should seek a Specialist slot through Virginia’s J-1 Waiver program.
J1 Contact Information
VDH Office of Health Equity
109 Governor Street
Suite 714 West
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 864-7431
Fax: (804) 864-7440
J-1 Visa Waiver Program Information