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Visa Waiver Programs

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Conrad 30  Program

The 2016 application period for the Florida Conrad 30 program is closed.

Applications will no longer be accepted for 2016.

The 2017 application and guidelines will be posted in the near future. Please check back to this site at a later date.

The goal of the Conrad 30/J-1 Visa Waiver Program is to improve access to qualified physicians within federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA/MUP).

To find out if a practice site address is in a HPSA please go to: 

Health Resources & Services Administration - Data Warehouse

Applicants must obtain the sponsorship of a state health department when applying to the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  In Florida, that sponsorship is administered through the Department of Health’s Primary Care Office (PCO).

To review minimal requirements for a Conrad 30 waiver please go to:

Department of Homeland Security- Conrad 30 Waiver Program

Conrad 30 Waiver Program

The Conrad 30 Waiver program allows J-1 medical doctors to apply for a waiver for the 2-year residence requirement upon completion of the J-1 exchange visitor program. See section 214(l) of the Immigration Nationality Act (INA).  The program addresses the shortage of qualified doctors in medically underserved areas.

National Interest Waivers (NIW)

National Interest Waivers are available for physicians of exceptional ability that show it is of national interest he or she remain in the United States.  Physicians must practice clinical medicine full time in a designated shortage area for a five year period.

HHS Exchange Visitor Program

This program allows physicians to obtain a waiver of the J-1 Visa two-year home residence requirement.  Physicians must practice primary care clinical medicine full time in a designated health professional shortage area (HPSA score of 11 or greater) for a three year period.

Transfer Requests

All physicians (Conrad 30, NIW, HHS) wishing to transfer to a new employer or practice facility must receive written approval from the Department prior to the transfer.

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