J-1 Visa
What is a J-1 Visa Waiver?

A J-1, or educational exchange visa, has the purpose of allowing foreign professionals to expand their education and training in the U.S.  The Visa is active as long as the physician is in training with a maximum of 7 years, after which they must return to their home country. Physicians who want to remain in the U.S. after their training must apply for a visa waiver.  One program is the Conrad 30 Program.


What is the Conrad 30 Program?

Every U. S. state manages a Conrad 30 Program. Each state may recommend up to 30 physicians to receive a waiver of the 2-year home residence requirement in exchange for a 3 year work commitment in an underserved area.

What are the waiver requirements?

  • The physician must enter into a 3-year contract to work in an underserved area or qualifying practice site. Non-designated requests are also considered.
  • The contract must state the physician will work 40 hours per work week at the qualifying site(s).
  • The physician must agree to begin employment within 90-days of receiving a waiver.
  • Physician must have a license or pending license to practice medicine in the state where applying.

When is the application period for the Conrad 30?

  • The season varies by state.  Please view each state tab for more information.

Resource Links

Health Resources and Services Administration 

Census Tract Number Search - by Address

US Department of Labor - Online Wage Library

Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

United States Exchange Visitor Program - Clinical Care

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS - Formerly INS)

U.S. Department of State

American Immigration Lawyers Association