The U.S. House of Representatives passed by 407-4 a bill that would extend a program making it easier for foreign doctors to work in the U.S.
The bill extends the state-sponsored J-1 visa waiver program, which expired May 31, for two years. The program gives foreign physicians who agree to work in an underserved area for three years a waiver to the J-1 two-year home residency provision, which says they have to return to their home country for two years after training in the U.S.
Hospitals in underserved areas are usually in rural and inner-city communities.
The bill is now headed for the president's desk, where it is expected to be signed into law.