J-1 visa waiver program

We can recommend to the U.S. Department of State that the two-year home obligation be waived for qualified international medical graduates.

Request a waiver

Once an application has been submitted, notify Em Moratto at em.moratto@state.co.us.

Slots available

We typically only fill 12-15 slots each year. Please contact us for current availability of waiver and/or flex slots.


Physicians must:
About the program
  • Physicians who attend medical school and receive a medical degree in a foreign country are permitted to come to the United States for residency training on a J-1 visa.
    • Upon completion of residency training, these physicians are required to return to their home country for two years before applying for a new U.S. visa.
    • The two-year home-return requirement may be waived if the physician is willing to practice medicine full time for three years in an underserved area of the United States.
  • Physicians must work in underserved areas of the state to increase access to primary and specialty medical services.
  • No state can make more than 30 waiver recommendations each year.
  • Ten “flex” placements are available each year to physicians who serve the underserved but aren't located in a federally designated shortage area.
  • Waivers can be granted for primary care or specialist physicians.
View the state rules and regulations.
View the federal rules and regulations.
Additional information on J-1 visas for travel to the United States
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