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Wisconsin J-1 Visa Waiver Program
Other State Letters of Support

H-1B Visa – Change in Employer and Practice Address

The Wisconsin Division of Public Health can provide a state letter of concurrence for H-1B visa physicians, who plan to petition the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) (exit DHS) for a revision in their H-1B visa (for a change in employer and practice address to another designated shortage area), and who previously received a Wisconsin letter of support for their J-1 visa waiver. This state letter of support does not alter the federal J-1 visa waiver requirement for the physician to complete three years of practice in a designated shortage area.

The H-1B visa physician must submit a written request to the Division of Public Health (by fax or mail) and must provide some justification for the need to change employer and practice address. The H-1B visa physician must also provide a copy of a signed employment agreement, which includes the proposed new practice address in a designated shortage area, continued full-time practice in primary care, and fulfillment of the three year J-1 visa waiver work obligation. The state letter of support includes the following: concurrence that the practice address is in a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), Medically Underserved Area (MUA) or Medically Underserved Population (MUP).  Federal shortage area documentation will be attached.  Concurrence that the recruitment of primary care physicians in this shortage area is in the public interest, and acknowledgement that the state provided a letter of support for the previous J-1 visa waiver request.

National Interest Waiver Petitions to the U.S. CIS

The Wisconsin Division of Public Health can provide a state letter of concurrence for H-1B visa physicians, who plan to petition the USCIS for a national interest waiver and permanent residency. This state letter of support does not alter the federal J-1 visa waiver requirement for the physician to complete three years of practice in a designated shortage area.

The H-1B visa physician must submit a written request to the Division of Public Health (by fax or mail), and must provide documentation of their current practice address, employer, and continued practice in primary care. The state letter of support includes the following: concurrence that the practice address is in a federally designated HPSA, MUA or MUP (federal documentation will be attached), concurrence that the retention of primary care physicians in this shortage area is in the public interest, and acknowledgement that the state provided a letter of support for the previous J-1 visa waiver request, if applicable.

Questions about or written requests for State Letters of Support should be directed to:

Mailing Address
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Traici Brockman
Primary Care Office
Wisconsin Division of Public Health
PO Box 2659
Madison, WI  53701-2659

Traici Brockman
Primary Care Office
Wisconsin Division of Public Health
1 W. Wilson Street, Room 250
Madison, WI  53703

Fax: (608) 267-2832
Telephone: (608) 267-1440

E-mail:  traici.brockman@dhs.wisconsin.gov

Last Revised: August 18, 2014