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Arizona J-1 Visa Waiver Program

Service Site Change – Transfer Request

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) expects that the vast majority of the J-1 visa waiver sponsored providers will complete their service obligations at their originally approved site. Experience has shown that despite best efforts and intentions, not every provider is correctly suited to the original site. Life changes on the part of the provider, and/or organizational changes at the site may precipitate the need to change sites. Every effort should be made by providers and sites to seek a resolution of the issues that result in the provider remaining at the original site for the duration of the service obligation.

Pursuant to section 214(1)(c)(ii) of the INA, foreign national physicians remain eligible to maintain their waiver of the two-year home residency requirement if they relocate to another medical practice located in an eligible area. The J-1 visa provider must contact his/her legal representative to file forms I-129 and LCA with the United Citizens Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

For J-1 physicians with extenuating circumstances (i.e. site closure) requiring an immediate transfer to an eligible service site, the J-1 physician or his/her legal representative must notify and submit to the ADHS immediately prior to the service site transfer the following.

The USCIS is the only authorized agency that can approve any changes to the J-1 waiver status that includes transferring to another eligible site due to extenuating circumstances. A separate amendment petition must be filed with USCIS if applicable.  Once approval from USCIS is received by the J-1 physician, a copy of the approval notice and other related documents must be submitted to ADHS.

IMPORTANT: The J-1 provider must notify ADHS of a change or a potential change to his/her original approved service site. Failure to do so will result in a discrepancy in ADHS' records on where service obligations were rendered. ADHS requires full documentation of any changes to the employment status that includes but not limited to transfers, leave/absences, contract status change, etc. Otherwise, a J-1 provider will be deemed ineligible for a letter of service completion from ADHS.