Massachusetts Health Care Workforce Center

Federal law authorizes MDPH to support no more than thirty J-1 visa waiver requests per federal fiscal year (October 1 - September 30). MDPH will begin accepting applications, October 1 of each year. From October 1 - January 31, only applications for Primary Care positions will be accepted. If spots remain, both primary care and specialists can apply from February 1 - June 30. Only Emergent Need placements will be reviewed from July 1 - August 31, if there are spots remaining.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note that if your application is for a primary care or a mental health physician, applying to work in an area with a shortage designation score of 07 or higher, the physician- application may be eligible for support through the Federal J-1 Visa Waiver Program. The facility must be either:

  • A health center as defined under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act;

  • A rural health clinic as defined under Sections 1102 and 1871 of the Social Security Act; or

  • A Native American/Alaskan Native tribal medical facility as defined by the Indian Self Determination and Education Assistance Act (P.L. 93-638).

If this is the case, the Massachusetts Visa Waiver program recommends that the physician first apply for the Federal Program. For more information, please visit the HHS Global Health website or contact Michael Berry at 301-443-4154

For more information on this visa waiver program for physicians, please contact the Recruitment and Retention Program Coordinator Nicole Watson at Nicole.Watson@state.ma.us or 617-624-6051.


This information is provided by the Office of Primary Care within the Department of Public Health.