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Long-term care providers struggling with finding workers have a unique opportunity to create a pipeline of foreign workers, thanks to a visa program being used by thousands of companies across the country. 

The J-1 visa exchange program was recently highlighted by LeadingAge in a blog post to providers. The program, which is conducted through designated U.S. sponsors, allows foreigners who intend to participate in an approved program for the purpose of teaching, research or training for a set period of time. 

“The program allows designated U.S. government, academic and private sector organizations to conduct the program, which thousands of companies use to help address their staffing challenges,” the LeadingAge post said. 

The organization explained that providers could consider the program if they’re interested in “building a pipeline of international talent, lawfully admitted to the United States, for a specific purpose and period of time” since it allows employers to provide job training for the duration of the stay.

LeadingAge added that the J-1 program has several categories. Long-term care employers could utilize the program to hire interns, management trainees, specialists or even physicians.

“You can also view information on the ‘Conrad 30 Waiver Program’ which allows a J-1 waiver for a foreign medical graduate, to apply for a waiver of the 2-year foreign resident requirement upon completion of the J-1 exchange visitor program, if they are offered full-time employment at a health care facility in a designated health professional shortage area, or at a health care facility which serves patients from underserved communities,” the group explained. 

Providers looking to become a J-1 visa sponsor can get more information on the program and application process online.