Virginia - Central

Olivette Burroughs
Tel: 804-864-7435

From the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills to the sandy banks of tidal rivers, there's a lot to love in Central Virginia.

In Richmond, the capital city, discover historic districts, acclaimed museums and parks, notable restaurants and exciting activities such as white-water rafting through the heart of the city.

Feel the presence of many of the nation's greatest shapers and founder—including Presidents Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe—in the Charlottesville area and north to Montpelier Station. And enjoy architectural splendors along the streets of places like Danville and Lynchburg.

Hear the echoes of Civil War battle cries and gunfire in Petersburg and Appomattox as part of the Lee's Retreat Civil War Trail. Or hear yourself scream with excitement on one of the world's fastest coasters at Paramount's Kings Dominion.

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

Olivette Burroughs
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

Additional Contacts

Olivette Burroughs
Tel: 804-864-7431
Fax: 804-864-7440

Open Enrollment Dates for VDH (OHE) Programs:


J-1 Visa Waiver: September 1 - August 31


NIW - National Interest Waiver: Year Round


Federal Virginia State Loan Repayment Program: January 1 - July  31


Mary Marshall (RN/LPN) Nursing Scholarships: May 1 - June 30


Nursing Practitioner / Nurse Mid-Wife Scholarship: May 1 -  June 30


Nurse Educator Scholarship: May 1 - June 30



Olivette Burroughs
Virginia Department of Health
109 Govenor Street
Suite 714 West
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-864-7435
Fax: 804-864-7440
VDH, Office of Health Equity


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