J-1 Physician Contract Review

The J-1 Visa Waiver Program is designed to bring in doctors from abroad for a temporary period. J-1 physicians must work full-time at their assigned location and have an employment contract that includes those requirements. Thus, J-1 Physician Contract Review may be required. 

J-1 Physician Contract Requirements list all the criteria J-1 Physicians must meet before being approved for J-1 waiver program entry into the United States of America. Understanding how to negotiate a physician employment contract can be critical to this process. The following is a breakdown of what you need to know about getting your J-1 physician contract set up and ready for approval!

The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services provides valuable information for those interested in the J-1 process. The J-1 classification is for those who want to participate in an approved program that will allow them to teach, instruct or lecture; study and observe; consult with others or demonstrate special skills. You can also receive training while you are there!

The United States Department of State has named public and private entities exchange sponsors. These programs are designed to promote the interchange of persons, knowledge, and skills in fields such as education, arts, or science.

The U.S. Secretary appoints a designated sponsor for each J-1 Exchange Visitor program with goals set out on behalf of those visiting America from their home country who will bring back not only new ideas but also unique perspectives when they return home at the end of their stay through cultural exchanges that help broaden international understanding around different cultures which we can all learn something about during this experience.


Application Process

The U.S. Department of State is the primary role in administering the J-1 exchange visitor program. If you want to get a visa for this trip and your sponsoring agency is not helping out with that process, it’s time to start getting creative. You will need Form DS-2019: Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status (formerly known as an IAP-66), which means working closely with officials at your sponsoring embassy or organization who are assisting through this whole ordeal but don’t worry; they’re there every step along the way!

A responsible officer can grant a student their Form DS-2019, otherwise known as an I-20. Your R.O. will be your point of contact for any questions you may have during this process and can help answer anything. They are also responsible for issuing documents like letters or transcripts if needed before we give them our coveted document!

The U.S. Department of State provides Form DS-2019 to those interested in going abroad for educational purposes and receiving the J-1 visa after acquiring it through their school’s sponsor, typically an American university or college with international programs on an F, M, or Q status. The waiting time for your interview appointment can vary, so submitting as early as possible is strongly encouraged (though you may not enter the United States more than 30 days before your program starts).

A J-1 physician should only enter into a contract after having the agreement reviewed by legal counsel first. It would help if you had someone to protect your interests. It would be best to grasp the key terms and their implications fully. It’s essential to understand various physician compensation models in this context. 


When we do a thorough review of your employment contract, you will receive the following:

  • Available in any state where that physician is in
  • Flat-rate pricing with no hidden costs
  • Review of your proposed employment agreement
  • Phone consultation with Attorney Robert Chelle reviewing the contract term by term
  • Follow up with a review of the needed clarifications

Knowing you have professional and experienced help with an employment contract will enable you to take the stress out of trying to do a significant business transaction. You can then focus on what is important — your patients.

J-1 Waiver Visa Contract Requirements

The employment agreement between the J-1 physician and the employer must contain several terms. Each state where the J-1 physician will practice will have their requirements, but all states require the following in the Employment Agreement:

  • The contract must specify the name of the service site(s) and the address where the J-1 physician will provide their services. (A separate service site application must be completed and submitted for each location where the physician will perform their required full-time hours per week.)
  • The j-1 waiver program contract must be for at least full-time (at least 40 hours per week) and specify the approved primary care/specialty services the physician will provide.
  • The contract must be for at least three years.
  • The physician must agree to begin employment at the approved service site(s) within 90 days of receiving a J-1 waiver (must state in the contract)
  • Until the J-1 physician completes the three-year commitment, the J-1 physician must provide the following services:
    • At the service site(s) specified in the employment contract,
    • To the patients specified in the employment contract, and
    • In the manner specified in the employment contract.

GME Programs and Medical School

Alien physicians must, to be eligible for a work permit, applicants must have completed the appropriate educational requirements and training in their home country before coming to America. Successful candidates will need at least an associate degree in accounting from American universities or equivalent experience working as an accountant abroad.

The requirements for an international student vary from program to program. Applicants must be able to adapt to the educational and cultural environment they will experience in their programs, have the necessary background, needs, and experiences suitable for the given fields of study offered at a university or college level institution as well as competency with oral communications such as speaking English fluently so that it can easily comprehend what is being said without any difficulty whatsoever when one listens.

Some universities desire international students because it allows them more diversity on campus which gives intellectual stimulation through new perspectives while also allowing those who may not especially enjoy interacting with people outside of their own culture than this might create less stress during school days if they have someone close enough culturally similar around them all day long.


If you are looking for the most comprehensive and rigorous medical exam, look no further than The National Board of Medical Examiners. There are three ways to pass this examination: Part I & II from either an American or Foreign school; Step 1&2 passing with ECFMG (Educational Commission For Foreign Medical Graduates) and a Visa Qualifying Exam(VQE). One must pass all parts before their education begins, as some U.S. schools require it even after graduation!

The National Board of Medical Exams exists so that physicians can be ensured they have the best training available by offering multiple options to complete your certification process.

The country’s government needed a physician with the skills to provide care. The alien had filed an offer and written assurance that he would return after training, and they issued permission for him to train.

The passage begins by stating there need to be physicians who are needed within the area first before further assessing any individual’s qualifications or willingness to serve. Alongside providing documentation, ensuring their readiness, educational background, and proficiency must reflect what’s required. Once meeting these requirements, if approved, they can enter this new opportunity.

The agreement includes a contract from the U.S. accredited medical school, an affiliated hospital, or a scientific institution to provide accreditation graduate medical education for the alien physician and is signed by both parties:

The United States has strict requirements for granting citizenship status that one can meet with various documents such as diplomas, transcripts, degrees, etc. One of these additional documents required is one detailing how you will receive your training in medicine via affiliation agreements between institutions like colleges/universities that offer this type of training and hospitals where doctors train after graduating too; they are termed “accredited” schools meaning their credits towards certification are recognized nationally (or internationally). This document must detail the year(s) you plan to study at said institution.


About Us

We are a dedicated team of legal professionals specializing in physician contracts at Physician Contract Review. With years of experience in the healthcare industry, we deeply understand the challenges faced by physicians when navigating complex employment contracts. Our mission is to ensure that our clients are protected and well-represented. We focus on providing sound legal advice tailored to your unique needs, empowering you to negotiate your contract with confidence. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please reach out to us today.

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