Visa (J-1) Waiver Program

The Academy reaffirms its position that it is the responsibility of the United States to train and distribute an adequate number of physicians to meet the diverse health care needs of its people, as well as to provide training opportunities for physicians from other countries. The AAFP supports strategies designed to provide physicians to serve rural, underserved and disadvantaged populations and to eliminate health care disparities within the United States. In the meantime, the AAFP supports J-1 visa waivers for physicians from countries not currently in need of those physicians' specialty medical services, but the AAFP cannot support J-1 visa waivers for physicians whose countries of origin are currently in need of those physicians' specialty medical services. (2003) (2014 April BOD)