J1 VISA WAIVER in MINNESOTA
What are the basics?
- Site is in a shortage area
- Physician is in residency/fellowship on a J-1 Visa
- Physician will serve at least three years/40 hours week
What are the advantages?
- High quality doctors and practices are available
- Physicians will stay when it is a good fit
- The process is quite manageable for everyone
Does the Minnesota Department of Health help?
Yes! The Minnesota Department of Health:
- Offers technical support to facilities, physicians and attorneys
- Maintains an up-to-date candidate file
- Provides a detailed review of all required documentation in waiver applications
- Submits applications to U.S. Department of State with Minnesota’s “public interest” determination and recommendation.
Where do I find candidates/jobs?
What do I do now?
First: Email Lorry Colaizy or call him at (651) 201-3851 to determine if the facility and the physician meet the requirements. While meeting the minimum requirements to qualify for a waiver does not guarantee that the full application will be approved, it is a first step.
Second: Complete the U.S. Department of State Data Sheet before applying for a J-1 visa waiver. The State Department will send applicants a case number. The case number must appear on all future documents filed with the application.
Third: Begin the Waiver Package Checklist.
Where do I find more information?
Full guidelines are online.
Health care facilities, not physicians or their representatives, should send waiver requests to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). MDH maintains a database of available physicians and provides that information to health care facilities on request.