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Visa Waiver Programs

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Foreign Physician Waiver Programs

The application for the 2015-2016 Conrad 30 program cycle will open Thursday, October 1, 2015 and close Monday, November 2, 2015 at 5:00 pm (EDT)

All applications will be reviewed and scored after November 2nd. Applicants can expect to receive notice of recommendation by January 30, 2016. After the close of the application cycle on November 2, applications will be under review. Questions regarding an applications should be sent to

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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