California - Central

Bally Nagra
Tel: 916-326-3714

The central region of California is beautiful with its valleys and fields, surrounded by hills and mountains. The weather is beautiful year-round and coastal or mountain locations are within easy access. The American and Sacramento rivers offer an abundance of activities from rafting to waterskiing. The area is plush with campgrounds, parks, golf courses, historical attractions, and lakes for fishing in the region, etc.

There is a great need for health professionals in this region. Health services for farm and migrant workers is imperative in this region. Healthcare providers needed in this area include, but are not limited to: Dental, mid-levels, nurses, behavioral health and physicians.

California accepts 30 applications per year for the J-1 Visa (Conrad 30 Waiver) Program. Applications are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis beginning October 1 of each year. The California J-1 Visa Waiver Program does not provide direct recruitment services for J-1 candidates.

This program is open to board eligible or board certified primary care physicians (GPs and FPs), gynecologists, pediatricians, and psychiatrists. This program is not open to nurses or behavioral health specialists. To request a State of California Conrad 30 Waiver recommendation letter, candidates need to: 1) apply for a J-1 Visa Waiver through the United States Department of State; 2) obtain a waiver review case number from the United States Department of State; 3) secure an employment contract with a medical facility in a HPSA or MUA designated service area, signed by the candidate and the head of the facility, to provide patient care for a minimum of 40 hours per week for a 3-year term; 4) complete the application requirements found at the California J-1 Visa Waiver Program website located at:


J1 Contact Information

J-1 Visa Waiver Program
CA Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 449-5770
J-1 Visa Waiver Program

Bally Nagra
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD)
Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone: 916-326-3714

Additional Contacts

Bally Nagra
Tel: (916)326-3714


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