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. 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 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 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.
J1 Contact Information
J-1 Visa Waiver Program
Ohio Department of Health
Primary Care Office
246 North High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
J1 Visa Waiver Program | Eligibility, Application & Resources Webpage