National Interest Waivers for Physicians

Physicians working in medically underserved areas qualify for national interest waivers of the requirement for labor certification.

Obtaining a National Interest Waiver (NIW):

  1. The physician must agree to employment in a Health and Human Services Department (HHS)-designated underserved area or a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facility;
  2. A federal agency or state public health department has to determine that the work is in the public interest;
  3. The physician must work full-time for an aggregate of 5 years (not including time on J-1) before he or she is eligible for Adjustment of Status or an Immigrant Visa, and

The National Interest Waivers for physicians are limited to those practicing in family or general medicine, pediatrics, general internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, and psychiatry.

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