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J-1 VISA Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Does your state have an application filing deadline? 

A:  No. We accept applications first come first serve on a rolling basis until all 30 slots are filled. 

Q:  Does your state have an application filing fee? 

A:  Not at this time. 

Q:  Does your state accept specialists? 

A:  Yes. Employers should be sure to address the exceptional need and public interest for the specialist physician in that area. 

Q:  How many flex spots do you have? 

A:  Our flex spots refer to non-HPSA placements. We will consider making up to 10 recommendations in non-HPSA areas per year. 

Q: What are the requirements for your flex spots? 

A:  Flex spots may be filled by primary care or specialist physicians. In order to be recommended for a non-HPSA placement at least 40% of the physician's primary care or specialty patients must come from surrounding HPSA areas. Also, the employer letter must show exceptional need and public interest for the physician to be placed in the area. 

Q:  What qualifies as proof that 40% of patients come from surrounding shortage areas?

A:  There are a number of ways to meet this requirement.  One example is to run reports of patient address data (focusing on city, county, and/or zip code) and checking to see if those locations are in shortage areas.  To discuss other ways to meet this requirement, contact us.

Q:  How can I find out if a potential worksite is in a HPSA or MUA/P area? 

A:  Type in the physical address of the employment location here http://datawarehouse.hrsa.gov/GeoAdvisor/ShortageDesignationAdvisor.aspx (Exit DHS).  The result will let you know if the area is an eligible primary care or mental health HPSA. Primary care and specialist physicians must be placed in primary care HPSAs or MUA/Ps and psychiatrists must be placed in mental health HPSAs. 

Q:  What if the HPSA area is listed as "proposed for withdrawal?" Is this an eligible area for placement? 

A:  Yes, we will consider making recommendations in HPSAs of all status, including proposed for withdrawal.  HPSAs which have been officially withdrawn in a Federal Register Notice are no longer recognized as designated or eligible shortage areas.

Q:  Will you provide a NIW letter even if the clinician's J-1 waiver obligation was completed in another state? 

A:  Yes, as long as the physician meets all requirements. Please check here for our requirements in providing a NIW letter: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/health/primarycare/J-1Visa/state-letters.htm 

For more detailed program information please consult our state program guidelines which may be accessed here: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/health/primarycare/J_1Visa/docs/applicguidelines11.pdf  (PDF, 57 KB)

Q:  Do you only consider clinicians that have completed a U.S. residency program, or will you also consider clinicians that have completed a U.S. Fellowship?

A:  We will consider clinicians that have completed a U.S. residency or fellowship.  The type of job the clinician accepts must match the U.S. training received.

Contact information for other questions, or more information regarding the J-1 VISA Waiver program
 

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Last Revised: March 21, 2014