President Bush is expected to sign into law a bill extending the J-1 visa waiver program, used to recruit foreign doctors to underserved areas in the U.S. The bill passed the House Wednesday by a vote of 407-4. The Senate passed the bill in October. The J-1 visa program, which expired May 31 of this year, would continue until May 31, 2006. Without a waiver, foreign physicians must return to their home countries two years after completing training in the U.S. The program waives the requirement for physicians who agree to work in a medically underserved area for three years. -- by Joseph Mantone
Doc visa program expected to get 2-year extension
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