J-1 Visa changes

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Ho' Dawg
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HHS Targets J-1 Visa Waivers to Most Needy Communities

The Department of Health and Human Services will now only process J-1 visa waiver applications from facilities in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) with a score of 14 or higher - those with the greatest need for primary care and mental health services.

Previously, applications from any HPSA were processed, regardless of score. Eligible sites must also be defined as a health center, a rural health clinic, or a Native American/Alaskan Native tribal medical facility.

Foreign physicians who participate in graduate medical education programs under J-1 visas must return to their country of nationality for at least two years following the completion of their training. The two-year requirement may be waived under certain circumstances, including a commitment to serve for at least three years in a HPSA or Medically Underserved Area.

For more information, visit http://www.globalhealth.gov/newguidelines1.shtml