J-1 Visa Waiver Program Information
Each year, up to 30 J-1 visa waivers are granted to foreign born physicians who agree to work in an underserved area of Vermont for at least three years. Like other states, Vermont prioritizes placement of primary care physicians in federally-designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) or Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs).
Of the 30 J-1 visa waivers available, 10 "flexible slots" may be granted each year to physicians in primary care or medical specialties who work outside designated shortage areas if the employer can document professional need and service to patients living in designated shortage or underserved areas.
The Vermont State Office of Rural Health and Primary Care will consider applications for physicians and employers in or outside of designated areas according to the following priorities:
- 1st priority: primary care sub-specialties, including Family Practice, General Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, and Hospitalists
- 2nd priority: medical specialists in Surgery (General or Orthopedic), Anesthesiology, Neurology, Pathology, Specialty Internal Medicine, and Psychiatry
- 3rd priority: medical specialists in Ophthalmology, Radiology, Emergency Medicine and Urology. Other specialties will be considered for waivers if the employer can document need and service to patients living in designated shortage or underserved areas