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Visa Waiver Programs

Primary Care Contact

State Conrad 30 / J-1 Visa Waiver Program

The J-1 Visa Waiver Program allows physicians to obtain a waiver of the J-1 Visa two-year home residence requirement.  Physicians must practice clinical medicine full time in a designated shortage area for a three year period.  The application cycle opens October 1 and closes the first Monday of November each year.  The state's current priority for waiver placement is primary care physicians, although specialists may also apply.

The application window for the 2013-2014 cycle is now closed.  Applications for the next cycle may be submitted beginning October 1, 2014.

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.

Contact Information

Florida Department of Health
Florida Primary Care Office
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C-15
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1701
Phone:(850)245-4446
Fax: (850)922-6296

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