J-1 Visa Waivers

ARC is committed to helping residents of Appalachia have access to quality, affordable health care. Accordingly, under certain conditions, ARC will consider recommending a waiver of the foreign residence requirement on behalf of physicians holding J-1 Visas in Health Professional Shortage Areas to address the Region’s healthcare needs.

The physicians receiving these waivers must practice a minimum of forty hours a week of primary care medicine or specialty medicine with an appropriate showing of need at a site in Health Professional Shortage Area within the legislatively defined Appalachian Region for a minimum of three years.

Requests for waiver under the ARC J-1 Visa Waiver Program must be sponsored by a state within the Appalachian Region. To begin the process, contact the designated J-1 Program person in the state in which you are planning to practice.

For information regarding the ARC J-1 Visa Waiver Program, please contact Deann Fairfax at dfairfax@arc.gov.

J-1 Visa Waiver State Public Contacts

This is the first step in requesting a waiver under the ARC J-1 Visa Program. Applicants must be sponsored by a state within the Appalachian Region.

Research and Evaluation

Evaluation of J-1 Visa Waiver Program

ARC is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to conduct an evaluation of ARC’s J-1 visa waiver program, through which ARC enables physicians with J-1 visas to provide health care in Appalachian communities. Proposals are due Friday, February 24.

Policies & Forms