The J-1 Visa/State 30 Waiver Program allows a foreign medical graduate to attend an advanced training program, e.g., residency training program or a fellowship, in the United States. It also allows the Department of Health and Senior Services to request, from the US Department of State, waivers of the requirement for foreign medical graduates to return to their native country prior to applying for immigration to this country. The physician’s waiver is granted in exchange for a service obligation of three years in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) in Missouri. Locate HPSAs by state and county.
Applications are accepted each year from October 1 through September 30 of the following year, until all 30 slots are filled. Employers must complete and submit an Employment Data Sheet form with the application package to establish participation eligibility.
NEW Requirements - Click here for J-1 application package checklist: Application Checklist
The Missouri J-1 Visa/State 30 Program utilizes data from the licensing agencies in the state and health outcomes data to determine placements of the program participants. More details are contained under Selection Criteria and Current Year Participants.
Click here for descriptions and rules set forth by the State of Missouri for the J-1 Visa Waiver rules.