J-1 Visa Waiver Program

The following outlines the J-1 Visa Waiver application submission and review process that the Department of Public Health will follow for applications submitted in Federal Fiscal Year 2019.


Connecticut’s participation in the program is voluntary. Submission of a waiver application does not ensure that the Department will sponsor a physician for a waiver. In all instances, the Department reserves the right to sponsor or decline any request for a waiver.


The Department will sponsor up to 30 complete applications that meet all federal eligibility requirements and Sections 19a-2a-24 through 19a-2a-26 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.


Application Submission Process


The Department will accept hand-delivered or mailed applications beginning at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EDT) on March 11, 2019 through March 26, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The Department will only accept applications received during this time period. All applications must be delivered to the following address:


Connecticut Department of Public Health

J1 Visa Waiver Program

410 Capitol Ave., MS#12APP

Hartford, Connecticut 06134

Attn:  Stephen Carragher


If hand-delivering the application, please email Mr. Carragher prior to visiting the Department’s office to establish a delivery date and time.  Hand-delivered applications will not be reviewed for completeness at the time of delivery.


If the Department receives 30 or less applications deemed complete in accordance with Section 19a-2a-26 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies, all of the applications may be recommended to the Director of the United States Department of State Waiver Review Division (Director).


Randomized Selection Process

If the Department receives more than 30 on-time and complete applications in accordance with Section 19a-2a-26 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies, all qualifying applications will be entered into a lottery system to randomly select 30 applications for recommendation to the Director.


If necessary, the Department will conduct the lottery drawing on March 27, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. EDT, at the Department of Public Health's Hartford location.  The drawing is open to the public.  Please email Mr. Carragher if you plan to attend the drawing to allow for notification of building security notification.


The Department will recommend applications to the Director as described in Section 19a-2a-26 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.


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