J-1 Waiver Application Based on Recommendation of HHS
In order to qualify for a favorable recommendation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) research waiver program, you and your employer must demonstrate that:
- Your research program is of high priority or significance in an area of interest to HHS;
- You are an essential part of the program, and without you the program, or a major part of it, would discontinue; and
- You can make original and significant contributions to the program and possess outstanding qualifications, training and experience beyond the usually expected accomplishments at the graduate, postgraduate, and residency levels.
- Your research serves the national or international public interest;
- You are essential to the program and will contribute to the program long-term;
- Your program is collaborative in nature, and your expertise is unique, compared to other personnel engaged in the program;
- Your employer has made efforts to recruit for your position at a fair market rate and was unable to find a suitable replacement;
- Loss of your services will seriously restrain the success of the program or its major part;
- Your employer has made long-range plans for you; and
- You are uniquely equipped to make original contributions to the research program based on your outstanding qualifications and special accomplishments, as confirmed by external recommendation letters.