J-1 Visa Waiver Expansion Program
The Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) is committed to helping residents of Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont have access to quality, affordable health care. The national healthcare provider shortage is one issue that affects equitable healthcare access in our region.
As part of a larger effort to improve this workforce issue in some of our most rural and underserved areas, the NBRC will consider recommending a waiver of the two-year home-country physical presence requirement on behalf of eligible physicians holding J-1 Visas in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) and Medically Underserved Areas (MUA). Eligible physicians will agree to work at least three years and 40 hours per week within a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designated HPSA or MUA of the legislatively defined Northern Border Region.
NBRC’s J-1 Visa waiver program is modeled, in part, after the Appalachian Regional Commission’s successful J-1 Visa waiver program. Under NBRC’s program, requests for waivers must be sponsored by a state within the NBRC’s region. The NBRC has collaborated closely with our state partners in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont to complement each State’s already existing Conrad 30 waiver programs.
Requests for waiver under the NBRC J-1 Visa Waiver Program must be sponsored by a state within the NBRC’s region. To begin the process, contact the designated J-1 Program specialist listed below in the state you have been offered employment.
For information regarding the NBRC J-1 Visa Waiver Program, please contact Liz Cross at email@example.com
J-1 Visa Waiver Policies & Forms: