State Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver

A waiver of the 2-year foreign residency requirement generally requires a commitment to work full-time in a Medically Underserved Area for at least three years. The area of service must be designated by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services as a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), medically underserved area (MUA), or Medically underserved populations (MUP). Some programs only support primary care physicians while others include subspecialists.

Each state is permitted to grant up to thirty (30) J-1 waivers annually to physicians who work or serve patients in its underserved areas under the Conrad-30 program. Some states also have J-1 waiver programs for sub-specialists. Applications are generally accepted starting around October 1 annually when new spots are issued.

However, each state creates its own guidelines, including when applications will be accepted, what happens if the limit of 30 is not reached and whether subspecialties may be sponsored. Each state has a specific agency or contact that administers the program. It is important to contact the state of intended employment to determine when applications will be accepted each year.

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