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J-1 Visa Waivers

A J-1 visa waiver eliminates the two-year home residency requirement for physicians from another country allowing them to move to H-1B visa status and stay in the U.S. Stipulations of this visa waiver involve practicing in a federally designated primary care or mental health Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). Recommendation must be provided by an interested federal government agency.

Everyone who wishes to track their packages to Department of State, please submit a Fed-Ex mailer that will track your package and charge it to your account. It will greatly improve your ability to confirm receipt of your application package. Please contact Jana Castleberry at

Note: Submission guidelines have been updated - please review the links below.

Document Links

Oklahoma J-1 Visa Waiver Application Package Instructions

Provides a listing of the required documents for J-1 submissions to the Office of Primary Care

J-1 Visa Waiver FY2023-2024 ( Online application embedded in Application Package Instructions
NIW Requirements for Oklahoma Requirements for National Interest Waiver Submissions to the Office of Primary Care
Find Shortage Area by Address Link to HRSA shortage, find by address
USCIS J1 Waiver Conrad 30 Program US Custom and Immigration Department J1 Resources

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Office of Primary Care & Rural Health Development
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave., Suite 1702
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-6406

Physical Address: (appointment required)
Oklahoma State Department of Health
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK

Phone: (405) 426-8624

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