J-1 Visa Waiver Program

Improving access to primary health care, and needed specialty care, in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) or Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs) is an important goal of the Illinois Department of Public Health.  The purpose of the Department’s J-1 Visa Waiver Program is to increase access by sponsoring J-1 Physicians who agree to serve at medical facilities in HPSAs or MUAs.  Illinois’ participation in the waiver program enables the Department to act on behalf of the State and request waivers for eligible J-1 Physicians.  The Department may act as an interested state agency to request up to thirty (30) J-1 visa waivers per federal fiscal year.