Each J-1 Visa waiver application packet must contain the following required documents:
*Please review updated program clarification notes and application packet checklist.
Include a recruitment overview letter from the employer outlining the recruitment efforts and responses to advertisements placed for physicians. This letter should include when recruitment began, forms and kind of recruiting done, and responses received from those recruitment efforts.
As stated in the DRA J-1 Visa Waiver Program Guidelines, Advertisements should be conducted at three levels:
(1) in publications which are national in scope,
(2) in-state publications, and
(3) written notifications to the respective state’s medical schools.
Documentation should include copies of advertisements for this job published in newspapers, journals, state medical schools, mail-outs, etc., and other supporting documentation which demonstrates good faith efforts in giving American physicians an opportunity to apply. Additional documentation may also be included regarding written statements of other recruitment activity including phone conversations, personal visits, etc.
Examples of out-of-state publications which are acceptable include newspapers with national circulation (such as the Atlanta Journal or Washington Post) or medical journals (such as JAMA or the New England Journal of Medicine).
Examples of in-state publications which are acceptable include newspapers with major in-state circulation (such as The Birmingham News, The Arkansas Democrat Gazette, or The Tennessean) or in-state medical journals or publications.
If the physician is requesting a waiver to practice specialty medicine, the following information (items 23-28) must be provided in addition to items 1-22.