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J-1 Visa / State Conrad 30 Program

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State Conrad 30 / J-1 Visa Waiver Program

The application period for the 2014-2015 Conrad 30 program cycle is now closed.

The next application cycle will begin in October 2015 for the 2015-2016 cycle.

All applications submitted during the 2014-2015 cycle are being reviewed and scored.

The State Primary Care Office will not be able to discuss applications or applicant status during the review process.

Recommendations from the State Surgeon General can be expected by mid-January, 2015.  Applicants will be notified by email of their status upon recommendation by the Florida State Surgeon General.

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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