J-1 Waivers for Physicians Get a High Rate of Approval from Department of State

Posted by Badmus & Associates | Aug 05, 2011 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently reported statistics on J-1 waiver applications submitted to the agency in fiscal year 2010 (2009-2010). Of particular interest to physicians is the number of approvals in the following categories:

Waiver Type Approved Denied Total
Exceptional Hardship 213 65 278
Persecution 24 1 25
Interested Government
Agency (IGA) Physician
70 0 70
State Department of Health
(Conrad 30 Program)
829 0 829

To obtain a J-1 waiver through a government program, the physician and employer must apply to the state or federal health agency sponsor for initial approval. The state or federal health agency then sends its preliminary approval to the DOS for approval. The DOS report indicates a 100% approval rate of such waiver requests. Undoubtedly, physicians and their employers who clear the state or federal health agency program have cause to celebrate!

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