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Temporary Policy Changes for Certain Foreign Medical Graduates during the COVID19 National Emergency
This Policy Memorandum (PM) Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol provides guidance in relation to H1-B foreign medical graduates who have received a J-1 Visa Waiver. USCIS is issuing this PM to introduce temporary policy changes regarding the full-time work requirement for such foreign medical graduates and the provision of telehealth services by those foreign medical graduates in light of the evolving Public Health Emergency concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This PM is effective from the date of the Public Health Emergency (January 27, 2020) through to the end of the Public Health Emergency.

DoctorThe Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), Rural Health and Primary Care Section (RHPC), has been given the responsibility within the State of New Hampshire to recommend and process J-1 Visa Waiver applications through the J-1 Visa Waiver Program (also known as the "Conrad State 30 Program".) This program is coordinated with the US Department of State (DOS) and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of the US Department of Homeland Security.

New Hampshire accepts J-1 Visa Waiver requests year-round and reserves the right to recommend or decline any request for a waiver. Requests for a New Hampshire J-1 Visa Waiver recommendation must be submitted by a health care facility or immigration attorney on behalf of the J-1 physician, and not directly from the J-1 physician. Each application will be reviewed by the DPHS, RHPC to determine whether the application is complete and meets the requirements of the federal and state guidelines. The amount of time necessary to completely process an application varies based on level of accuracy in the initial application. If all materials are in order, the initial review process should take approximately three to five weeks. The sponsoring legal representative will be notified when a decision has been made by the State of New Hampshire. Non-designated/ flex slot applications may take longer.

(See J-1 Visa Waiver Guidelines Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol for additional detail.)

We currently have 10 of 20 designated slots open.
We currently have 0 of 10 non-designated slots open. (CLOSED)



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