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Visa Waiver Programs

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State Conrad 30 / J-1 Visa Waiver Program

Applications for the 2014-2015 Conrad 30 can be submitted beginning October 1, 2014. The application period closes Monday, November 3, 2014 at 5pm.

Please follow all instructions in the Florida Department of Health Conrad 30 Guidelines .

All applicants must have a United States Department of State a case number. The DOS case number must appear on the lower right corner of every page submitted with the application. To apply for a DOS case number go to: U.S. Department of State- U.S. Visa

Applications must be submitted separated by colored divider pages appropriately labeled with the name of the document which is behind the divider page.

Applications are not scored on a first come first serve basis. After the application period expires, all applications will reviewed and scored.
Recommendations from the State Surgeon General can be expected by mid-January, 2015.  Applicants will be notified by email of their status at that time.

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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