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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Exchange Visitor Program accepts applications to request waiver of the two-year foreign residency requirement.


Supplement A - Research

All applications for waiver of the J-1 visa relating to research are reviewed by the HHS' Exchange Visitor Waiver Review Board.


For further information, please contact Joyce E. Jones, Executive Secretary of the Board, at (202) 690-6174.


Supplement B - Clinical Care

Physicians with J-1 visas must agree to deliver health care services for three years in mental health or primary care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).


For further information, please contact Michael K. Berry at (301) 443-4154.


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Waiver Application Form and Supplement Instructions

The following items are required for the applications.  Please be certain to carefully follow the instructions on the supplementary information sheet.

  1. A case number obtained from the U.S. Department of State.
  2. Form HHS 426 – Application for Waiver of the Two-Year Foreign Residence Requirement of the Exchange Visitor Program (DOC - 41KB) (PDF - 29KB)
  3. Supplement instructions:
    1. Supplement A – Research (DOC - 33KB) (PDF - 22KB)
    2. Supplement B – Clinical Care (DOC - 41KB) (PDF - 28KB) (See also Requirements for Waiver for Clinical Care)

For additional information, see Frequently Asked Questions.


NOTE: Documents in DOC format require Microsoft Word® or Microsoft Word Viewer®. If you experience problems with DOC documents, please download Word Viewer 2003®.  


Contact Information

Completed applications should be submitted to one of the following addresses:


Supplement A - Research

Joyce E. Jones, Executive Secretary

Exchange Visitor Waiver Review Board

Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 639-H

Department of Health and Human Services

200 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20201

Phone: (202) 690-6174


Supplement B - Clinical Care

Michael K. Berry

Bureau of Health Professions

Health Resources and Services Administration

Department of Health and Human Services

Parklawn Building, Room 8A-55

5600 Fishers Lane

Rockville, MD 20857

Phone: (301) 443-4154


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Last revised: March 20, 2008