New Hampshire - Southern

Claire Hodgman, Recruitment and Retention Coordinator
Tel: 603-228-2830 Ext. 115

The Merrimack Valley Region and Monadnock Region encompass towns and cities located in the southern and central parts of the state, which include some of the most populated areas. Manchester is the largest city with a population of 110,000 and home to a variety of cultural and city life attractions including the new Verizon Wireless Arena. Concord, the state Capital, little more than an hour's drive from Boston, boasts numerous historical museums and sights. Salem draws crowds from all around to the amusement park at Canobie Lake. Nashua, located along the southern border of the state, attracts many shoppers who come to take advantage of the tax-free shopping. (Most points less than 1 hour from Boston and 45 min from NH's Seacoast Region).


New Hampshire accepts J-1 Visa Waiver requests year-round and reserves the right to recommend or decline any request for a waiver. There are 20 designated J1 slots available and 10 non-designated "flex" slots available each year. NH typically does not fill all of its slots. Current slot counts are updated when they change and can be found on the Rural Health and Primary Care website at

Requests for a New Hampshire J-1 Visa Waiver recommendation must be submitted by a health care facility or immigration attorney on behalf of the J-1 physician, and not directly from the J-1 physician. Each application will be reviewed by The Division of Public Health Services, Rural Health and Primary Care Section to determine whether the application is complete and meets the requirements of the federal and state guidelines. The amount of time necessary to completely process an application varies based on level of accuracy in the initial application. If all materials are in order, the initial review process should take approximately three to five weeks. The sponsoring legal representative will be notified when a decision has been made by the State of New Hampshire. Non-designated/ flex slot applications may take longer.

Physicians who are granted J1 visa waivers are required to practice full-time in an outpatient, clinical patient care setting within an underserved area for a minimum period of three years. New Hampshire considers waivers for all specialties that provide direct patient care, based on community need and shortage designation.  Priority is given to outpatient primary care physicians but will consider specialists if a facility can demonstrate that a shortage of that specialty exits within the service area. Eligible facilities must offer a sliding fee schedule.  

The Rural Health and Primary Care office does not maintain a list of vacancies specifically for J1 Visa physicians or provide placement services. The State office contracts with the NH Recruitment Center, a Service of Bi-State Primary Care Association, to act as a single point of contact for the recruitment of primary care providers and specialists in New Hampshire.  The Recruitment Center maintains a listing of current NH opportunities on the 3RNet website.


J1 Contact Information

Contact Claire Hodgman for jobs eligible for J1 waivers
Bi-State PCA - NH VT Recruitment Center
525 Clinton St
Bow, NH 03304
Phone: 603-228-2830 Ext. 115

Additional Contacts

Claire Hodgman
Tel: 6032282830115

Claire Hodgman, Recruitment and Retention Coordinator
NH VT Recruitment Center
525 Clinton Street
Bow, NH 03304
Phone: 603-228-2830 Ext. 115

Additional Contacts

Michele Petersen
Tel: 603-228-2830 x131


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