J1 Visa Contacts

More information for physicians with J1 visas can be found on our J1 page here.


Due to the many requests for information from physicians with J1 visas, 3RNet urges these physicians to contact only the locations listed below. For information regarding Health Professional Shortage Areas, go to: Bureau of Primary Health Care. A very good source for more information for physicians with J1 visas is the Rural Health Information Hub.

Alabama

Karl Bryant
Alabama Department of Public Health
Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
RSA Tower, Suite 1040
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: 334-206-5517
Fax: 334-206-0340
Karl.Bryant@adph.state.al.us
Alabama J1 Website

Please visit the Alabama Office of Primary Care and Rural Health website for specific information on Alabama's State-30 and Appalachian Regional Commission J-1 Visa Waiver Programs including policies, required application documents, and other information. These jobs provide opportunities for foreign physicians to practice in the state of Alabama.

Alaska

Della Fisher
State of Alaska DHSS
Health Planning & Systems Development
PO Box 110650
Juneau, AK 99811-0650
Phone: 907-465-8509
della.fisher@alaska.gov
Workforce Information

Alaska participates in the State Conrad 30 program with the Flex 10 option but we do not provide direct recruitment services for J1 candidates.Please review  Alaska DHSS guidelines regarding J-1 Visa Waivers To request a State of Alaska Conrad 30 waiver recommendation letter, candidates generally need to:

  1. apply for a J-1 Visa waiver through the U.S. Department of State;
  2. get a waiver review case number from U.S. Department of State;
  3. secure an employment contract with a medical facility, signed by the candidate and the head of the facility, to provide patient care for at least 40 hours per week for a 3-year term;
  4. send required information to the Alaska Dept. of Health and Social Services:
    • P.O. Box 110610
    • 350 Main Street, Suite 530
    • Juneau, AK 99811-0610

 

Arizona

Ana Roscetti
Bureau of Women's and Children's Health, AZ Department of Health Services
150 N. 18th Avenue, Suite 300
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-542-1066
Fax: 602-542-2011 (Attn: J-1 Visa Waiver)
ana.lyn.roscetti@azdhs.gov
HSD | J-1 Visa Waiver Program

J-1 Visa Information and Other Available Programs:

 

Arkansas

J-1 CVs to:
Arkansas Department of Health
4815 Markham
Slott 22
Little Rock, AR 72205-3867
Phone: 5013716095
Kennedy.Harrison@Arkansas.Gov

Message to J-1 VISA Physicians: The best way to practice in AR as a J-1 VISA candidate is to directly contact the Arkansas hospitals or clinics of interest to you.  Discuss directly with them their employment opportunities.  If a hospital/clinic writes they are "not a J-1 Visa site", please respect their statement and do not call them.  They know if they meet the criteria requirements.  The best use of your time is to only contact those sites that are eligible.

Please do not contact the J-1 Primary Care Office yourself.  Waivers are not issued directly to practitioners.  When you receive a job offer, the hiring facility or your immigration attorney will contact the J-1 Office to obtain the waiver on your behalf. 

California

J-1 Visa Waiver Program
CA Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)
Sacramento
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 449-5770
J-1VisaWaiverProgram@dhcs.ca.gov
J-1 Visa Waiver Program

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: http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/rural/Pages/J-1VisaWaiver.aspx.

 

Cherokee Nation

Stephanie Wickliffe
Cherokee Nation
PO Box 948
Tahlequah, OK 74465

Unable to accept.

Colorado

Sara Leahy
Colorado Rural Health Center
3033 S. Parker Rd., Suite 606
Aurora, CO 80014
Phone: 1-800-851-6782
Fax: (303) 832-7496
sl@coruralhealth.org
Fill out this form to learn about primary care J1 opportunities in CO!

If you have questions regarding the J-1 visa application process, contact Kent O'Connor at the Primary Care Office at the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. 

To learn about primary care J-1 jobs in rural and underserved areas of Colorado, please click the link below to fill out our Provider Interview Form. You will then be contacted by staff from the Colorado Provider Recruitment Programs regarding job openings across the state, primarily in rural communities.

 

Connecticut

Rahul Darwar
Connecticut Department of Public Health
410 Capitol Avenue - MS # 13PHSI
Hartford, Connecticut 06134-0308
Phone: 860-509-8057
rahul.darwar@ct.gov

For complete J1 Information, go to:  http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3121&q=453806  

Delaware

Joan Barnwell
Delaware Division of Public Health
Health Systems Management
43 S. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: 302-741-8628
Fax: 302-741-8631
Joan.Barnwell@delaware.gov

Accepting all specialties based on community need and shortage designation. We do not provide a list of health care facilities for candidates to call directly. Please mail CV and cover letter to the address below. This information will be kept on file and provided to interested health care facilities.

Specialties considered based on community need and shortage designation. We do not provide a list of health care facilities for candidates to call directly. Please mail CV and cover letter to the above address. This information will be kept on file and provided to interested health care facilities.

Dept of Veterans Affairs

Julieann Torres
Department of Veterans Affairs
Healthcare Recruitment and Retention Office
.

At this time, we are not considering J-1 Visa candidates.

Florida

Florida Department of Health
Florida State Office Primary Care Services
Div. Public Health Statistics & Performance Mgt.
Florida Department of Health, Bin C15
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1735

Please see the link below to the Florida Department of Health Foreign Physician  Waiver Programs for information about the State Conrad 30 program and other waiver programs:

http://www.floridahealth.gov/provider-and-partner-resources/community-health-workers/conrad-30-program-j-1-visa/index.html

Georgia

Beth Walker
Georgia Primary Care Office
State Office of Rural Health
502 South Seventh Street
Cordele, Georgia 31015-1443
Phone: (229) 276-2750
beth.walker@dch.ga.gov

Georgia participates in the Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program for primary care and specialty physicians. Visit the Georgia PCO website at http://dch.georgia.gov/PCO for more information.

Hawai`i

R. Scott Daniels, Ph.D.
Hawai`i Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
PO Box 916
Hilo, HI 96721
Phone: 808-961-9460
Fax: 808-974-6000
scott.daniels@doh.hawaii.gov

Hawai'i participates in the State Conrad 30 program but we do not provide direct recruitment services for J1 candidates. There are several Conrad 30 slots available, but opportunities for J1 physicians in the State of Hawai'i are very limited. Specialties are accepted.

To request a State of Hawai'i Conrad 30 waiver recommendation letter, candidates need to:
1) apply for a J-1 Visa waiver through the U.S. Department of State;
2) get a waiver review case number from U.S. Department of State;
3) secure an employment contract with a medical facility in a HPSA or Medically Underserved Area, signed by the candidate and the head of the facility, to provide patient care for at least 40 hours per week for a 3-year term;
4) send required information to Scott Daniels at the Hawai'i Dept. of Health, State Office of Rural Health.

Idaho

Primary Care Office Manager
Idaho Primary Care Office
450 W. State Street, 4th Floor
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0036
Phone: 208-334-0669
Fax: (208) 332-7262
ruralhealth@dhw.idaho.gov
Idaho Bureau of Rural Health & Primary Care

Information about Idaho’s J-1 Visa Waiver Program may be found here.   
Contact the Idaho Bureau of Rural Health & Primary Care for information.
ruralhealth@dhw.idaho.gov, or (208) 334-0669

Illinois

Don Jones
Illinois Department of Public Health
535 West Jefferson, Ground Floor
Springfield, IL 62761
Phone: 217-782-1624 TDDY:1-800-547-0466 (hearing impaired use only)
Fax: 217-782-2547
don.jones@illinois.gov
State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program Application

Assistance is available to prospective applicants for the Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver program.  The Illinois Department of Public Health does not maintain a registry of available positions nor does it recruit providers for medical facilities.  Waiver applications are accepted from October 1st through October 31st of each year.  If waiver positions exist after the October 31st submission deadline, new applications are accepted from January 1st through January 31st.

Indian Health Service

Not Available
Indian Health Service
5600 Fishers Lane
Mail Stop: OHR (11E53A)
Rockville, MD

At this time, we are not considering J-1 Visa candidates.


Indiana

Natalie Morrison
Indiana Primary Health Care Association
429 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 333
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-630-0845
Fax: 317-630-0849
nmorrison@indianapca.org

Indiana participates in the Conrad 30 program with a focus on primary health care. Indiana accepts specialist applications but primary care do have priority. We have filled all 30 slots for the 2020 Cycle and are now closed. Please check back later this year for more information on the 2021 Cycle.

Iowa

Kevin Wooddell
Iowa Department of Public Health
Bureau of Policy and Workforce Services
321 E 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
Phone: 515-281-6765
Fax: 515-242-6384
kevin.wooddell@idph.iowa.gov
Iowa Department of Public Health

MESSAGE TO J-1 VISA PRACTITIONERS: Please contact hospitals and clinics directly to discuss employment opportunities. If you receive a job offer, the hiring facility will contact our office to obtain a J-1 waiver on your behalf. Waivers are not issued directly to practitioners. Please do not contact a facility if the Iowa job description indicates "Not a J-1 Visa site." 

J-1 waivers are available in Iowa's health professional shortage areas (HPSA) and medically underserved areas (MUA and MUP).

Kansas

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Office of Local and Rural Health
1000 S.W. Jackson, Suite 340
Topeka, KS 66612-1365
Phone: (785) 296-2742

Kansas participates in the State 30 (Conrad) J-1 Visa Waiver Program. Contact Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Application information is available at the web site http://www.kdheks.gov/olrh/

Other J-1 Notes: Instructions for making application for a J-1 visa waiver recommendation through the state of Kansas "Conrad 30" program are available at the Local and Rural Health website:

 

http://www.kdhe.state.ks.us/olrh/

All program updates are posted to this website. Applications are now being accepted and must be submitted by a health care facility or employer on behalf of a physician with a J-1 visa. Physicians are not able to apply directly to the program.

 

Kentucky

Medina Tipton
Kentucky Cabinet for Health Services
Department for Public Health
275 East Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40621-0001
Phone: 502-564-8966 X 4012

Kentucky communities can apply to various J1 visa programs to secure waivers for physicians committing to practice in underserved areas. Most needs are for primary care but specialists are also eligible. Register on 3RNet and submit your CV to a Kentucky 3RNet member to learn of openings. If you have further questions on waiver application and process, you may contact:

Louisiana

Nicole Peace Coarsey
Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health
628 North 4th St.
PO Box 3118
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: (225) 342-1583
Fax: (225) 342-5839
Nicole.Coarsey@la.gov
http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/792

Interested sites should contact Nicole Peace Coarsey . Physicians seeking a J-1 visa waiver should register on the 3RNet website and contact the employer job contact.  LA has a J-1 visa waiver program called the Louisiana Conrad State 30 Program.  The purpose of the Conrad State 30 (J-1 Visa Waiver) Program is to recruit needed primary care and specialty physicians into federally designated health professional shortage areas.  Applications are accepted on rolling basis.  Louisiana fills 18-22 slots per year.

Maine

Nicole Breton and Joan Mank
Maine State Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
41 Anthony Avenue
Augusta, Maine 04333
Phone: 207-287-5524
Nicole.Breton@maine.gov
Maine State Office of Rural Health and Primary Care Web Site

 

Maryland

Sadé Diggs
Maryland Department of Health Office of Population Health Improvement
201 W. Preston St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-767-6123
mdh.providerworkforceprograms@maryland.gov

Primary Care & Specialties

Massachusetts

Nicole Watson
Recruitment and Retention Program Coordinator
Primary Care Office - Division of Primary Care and Health Access - Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (617)624-6051
Fax: (617) 624-6062
nicole.watson@state.ma.us

Michigan

Rachel Ruddock
Michigan Center for Rural Health
909 fee Road, B-218 West Fee Hall, MSU
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 517-355-7758
Fax: 517-432-0007
Rachel.Ruddock@hc.msu.edu

If you're interested in the Michigan Conrad 30 program please visit http://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71551_2945_47635-215486--,00.html 

If you're a J-1 primary care physician, in addition to the Conrad 30, you may also be eligible for the U.S. Exchange Visitor Visa Waiver Program through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). More information about the HHS waiver program can be found here: https://www.hhs.gov/about/agencies/oga/about-oga/what-we-do/visitor-exchange-program/supplementary-b-clinical-care.html.

Questions? Contact Rachel Ruddock at rachel.ruddock@hc.msu.edu. 

Minnesota

Paia Vang
Office of Rural Health & Primary Care, MN Dept. of Health
PO Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164-0882
Phone: 651-201-3856
paia.vang@state.mn.us
J-1 Visa Waiver Information for State of Minnesota

Minnesota is committed to helping all Minnesotans obtain access to quality, affordable health care. Due to the difficulties some areas experience recruiting and retaining physicians, many communities turn to international medical graduates and J-1 Visa Waivers to fill their physician vacancies. The Minnesota Department of Health's Office of Rural Health and Primary Care developed this guide to the J-1Visa Waiver Review and Recommendation Process.

Mississippi

Kara M. Aldridge
MS Department of Health/MS Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
POB 1700
570 East Woodrow Wilson Blvd.
Jackson, MS 39215
Phone: 601-576-7216
Fax: 601-576-7530
kara.aldridge@msdh.state.ms.us

The Mississippi Office of Rural Health and Primary Care has been designated to serve as a State Contact and clearinghouse for the J-1 Visa Waiver Programs. Mississippi J-1 Visa Waiver Policies and Procedures for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and State 30 Program are available.

The MORHPC will administer the programs in a fair and consistent manner, as well as provide technical assistance to all interested in developing either the site predetermination or actual application for placement of a foreign-trained J-1 Visa Waiver provider.

Please visit the MS State Department of Health Website for information on J-1 Visa Waiver Program.

Missouri

Sara Davenport
State of Missouri Dept of Health and Senior Services
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: 800-891- 7415 or (573) 751-6219
Fax: (573) 522-8146
orhpcinfo@health.mo.gov
MO J-1 Visa Program

Thank you for your interest in Missouri's Conrad 30/ J-1 Visa Waiver Program. The FY 2019 cycle is closed. All 30 slots have been filled. The FY 2020 cycle will open on October 1, 2019.  Questions regarding the Missouri J-1 process may be made to Susan Liley. For placement assistance please complete the Missouri interview form available on the 3R Net website.

Please Note:  Missouri also has several counties that qualify for J-1 waivers through the Delta Regional Authority. Please refer to this website for more information: https://dra.gov/initiatives/promoting-a-healthy-delta/delta-doctors-how-to-apply/

Montana

Ann Marie Buss
Family and Community Health Bureau
1400 East Broadway, Room A-116
PO Box 202951
Helena, Montana 59620
Phone: (406) 444-4119
Fax: (406) 444-2606
abuss@mt.gov
For more information on Loan Repayment, click here: Montana Primary Care Office

Please contact Ann Marie Buss with any questions regarding J-1 Visa placements in Montana.

The Montana Primary Care Office (PCO) is part of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and is funded by three HRSA Bureau's including the Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service, Bureau of Health Professions and the Bureau of Primary Health Care; of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The PCO works collaboratively with the Primary Care Association, the Region VIII Public Health Service in Denver, CO, and other entities to increase access to primary and preventative health care and to improve the health status of under-served and vulnerable populations.

Nebraska

Tom Rauner
Office of Rural Health & Primary Care
301 Centennial Mall South
P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509-5026
Phone: 402- 471-0148
Fax: 402-471-0180
thomas.rauner@nebraska.gov
Nebraska State 30 Program Information

Register on the 3RNet web page. We have never used all of the 30 available slots. Register on 3RNet web page and you will be contacted directly by interested sites.

Nevada

Joseph Tucker
Nevada Primary Care Office
4126 Technology Way, 2nd Floor
Carson City, Nevada 89706
Phone: 775-684-2232
Fax: 775-684-5999
jtucker@health.nv.gov

Nevada can support up to 30 slots per year for the J-1 Visa (Conrad 30 Waiver) Program. Applications are accepted throughout the year, beginning October 1 of each year. The 2015 State Physician Workforce Data Book ranks Nevada 8th in the Nation for the percentage of International Medical Graduates active in our state, reflecting our welcoming environment for diverse practice.

The program is open to both primary care physicians and specialists. Our state accepts healthcare sites in designated areas and non-designated areas (“flex slots”) as long as the sites serve an underserved population. Additional information about our program and application instructions are located at our website: http://dpbh.nv.gov/Programs/Conrad30/Conrad30-Home/[dpbh.nv.gov]

 

 

New Hampshire

Contact Mandi Gingras for jobs eligible for J1 waivers
Bi-State PCA - NH VT Recruitment Center
525 Clinton St
Bow, NH 03304
Phone: 603-228-2830 Ext. 116
mgingras@bistatepca.org
BiStateRecruitmentCenter.org

 

New Hampshire accepts J-1 Visa Waiver requests year-round and reserves the right to recommend or decline any request for a waiver. There are 20 designated J1 slots available and 10 non-designated "flex" slots available each year. NH typically does not fill all of its slots. Current slot counts are updated when they change and can be found on the Rural Health and Primary Care website at https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/bchs/rhpc/visa.htm.

Requests for a New Hampshire J-1 Visa Waiver recommendation must be submitted by a health care facility or immigration attorney on behalf of the J-1 physician, and not directly from the J-1 physician. Each application will be reviewed by The Division of Public Health Services, Rural Health and Primary Care Section to determine whether the application is complete and meets the requirements of the federal and state guidelines. The amount of time necessary to completely process an application varies based on level of accuracy in the initial application. If all materials are in order, the initial review process should take approximately three to five weeks. The sponsoring legal representative will be notified when a decision has been made by the State of New Hampshire. Non-designated/ flex slot applications may take longer.

Physicians who are granted J1 visa waivers are required to practice full-time in an outpatient, clinical patient care setting within an underserved area for a minimum period of three years. New Hampshire considers waivers for all specialties that provide direct patient care, based on community need and shortage designation.  Priority is given to outpatient primary care physicians but will consider specialists if a facility can demonstrate that a shortage of that specialty exits within the service area. Eligible facilities must offer a sliding fee schedule.  

The Rural Health and Primary Care office does not maintain a list of vacancies specifically for J1 Visa physicians or provide placement services. The State office contracts with the NH Recruitment Center, a Service of Bi-State Primary Care Association, to act as a single point of contact for the recruitment of primary care providers and specialists in New Hampshire.  The Recruitment Center maintains a listing of current NH opportunities on the 3RNet website.

 

New Jersey

Roslyn Council, Project Officer
New Jersey Department of Health
50 East State Street
P.O. Box 364
Trenton,NJ 08625-0364
Phone: 609-292-1495
Fax: 609-292-9599
Roslyn.Council@doh.nj.gov
New Jersey Workforce Development

New Jersey J-1 Visas/H1-B Applications:

There is no timeline for submission of J-1 Visa Waiver and H1-B applications. These applications are accepted year round. The opportunities for physicians are very limited and we do not provide direct recruitment services for candidates. Specialties are considered for placement in the State Designated Children Hospitals and New Jersey Trauma Hospitals for J-1 and H1-B applicants. New Jersey does participate in the State Conrad 30 program which has several slots available.

This office primary focus is licensed ambulatory care positions for federal qualified health centers. This Department policy is completely discretionary, voluntary and may be modified or terminated at any time. The submission of a complete waiver package to the Department does not ensure that the Department will recommend a waiver. In all instances, the Department reserves the right to recommend or decline any request for a waiver.

To request a State of New Jersey Conrad 30 waiver recommendation letter, candidates need to: 1) apply for a J-1 Visa waiver through the U.S. Department of State; 2) get a waiver review case number from U.S. Department of State; 3) complete an application which is obtained on our web page; and 4) send the application and all required information to:

New Jersey Workforce Development
Linda D. Anderson, Project Director
New Jersey Depatment of Health and Senior Services, Office of Primary Care.

Or

New Jersey Workforce Development

 

Linda D. Anderson, Project Director 
New Jersey Depatment of Health and Senior Services, Office of Primary Care.

The Department 's policy is completely discretionary, voluntary and may be modified or terminated at any time. The submission of a complete waiver package to the Department does not ensure that the Department will recommend a waiver. In all instances, the Department reserves the right to recommend or decline any request for a waiver.

 

 

New Mexico

Jasmin Hendrickson
New Mexico Department of Health
300 San Mateo NE
Suite 900
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108
Phone: (505) 222-8672
Fax: (505) 222-8675
jasmin.hendrickson@state.nm.us
NMDOH J-1 Visa Waiver Application Process

The New Mexico Department of Health will process waiver applications on a continuous basis.
Jerry Harrison, PhD, Executive Director, New Mexico Health Resources, Inc., maintains a list of openings that will consider J-1's. Dr. Harrison may be contacted at 505-260-0993. J-1's applicants may fax their CV to 505-260-1919 or email their CV to nmhealth@nmhr.org.

For applications and general information, contact Jasmin Hendrickson, Program Coordinator, New Mexico Department of Health at 505-222-8672. Please note that Ms. Hendrickson does not maintain a list of physician openings.

A description of the current Visa Waiver Application Process may be found at:

http://nmhealth.org/publication/view/form/1028/

 New Mexico participates fully in the waiver program, with both primary care and specialists eligible to participate. New Mexico also allocates ten "undesignated" slots to practice sites in urban areas that treat patients from underserved areas of the state. New Mexico accepts applications on a continuous basis.

New York

Steve Swanson
New York State Department of Health
Tower Bldg Room 1695
Empire State Plaza
Albany NY 12237-0001
Phone: 518-473-7019
steven.swanson@health.ny.gov
New York State Department of Health

J1 Waivers:

The New York State Department of Health sponsors 30 physicians each year for J-1 visa waivers under the New York “State 30” Program. Applications submitted by the deadline (usually late November/early December) are reviewed on a competitive basis with final decisions being made by March. The program does not provide direct recruitment services for J-1 candidates.

This program is open to all specialties.  Candidates must agree to practice, or serve populations residing, in federally designated underserved areas in New York State for three years if granted a waiver and H-1B visa by U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services.   The Program Information Bulletin and application materials can be found at: http://www.health.ny.gov/professionals/j-1_visa_waivers/.

North Carolina

Clint Cresawn, Karen Gliarmis and Maya Sanders
North Carolina Office of Rural Health
2009 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2009
Phone: 1-800-533-8847
Fax: 919-733-8300
PlacementServices@dhhs.nc.gov
Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Guidelines

We actively recruit primary care J1 visa physicians for positions across the state.  We are the Primary Care Office for Conrad 30 J-1 Visa waivers.  Please see NC J-1 Visa Waiver Guidelines.

North Dakota

Stacy Kusler
Center for Rural Health
University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037
stacy.kusler@und.edu

The J-1 Visa Waiver Program is open to all physician specialties, although the preference is for primary care physicians in North Dakota. Please contact me for more information regarding completing the J-1 process.  If you are interested in a site that has an open position posted, but are not sure if they accept J-1 candidates, please contact the facility directly to find out. 

Northern Mariana Islands

Clarinda C. Ngirausui
Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation
P.O. Box 500409
1 Lower Navy Hill Road
Saipan, MP 96950
Phone: 670-236-8204
Fax: 670-236-8756
clarinda.ngirausui@dph.gov.mp

We are part of the USA but have a very international feel and a very accepting, diverse, and integrated community.  You and your family will enjoy living here and enjoying the best of all worlds.

Ohio

J-1 Visa Waiver Program
Ohio Department of Health
Primary Care Office
246 North High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-466-1629
HealthPolicy@odh.ohio.gov
J1 Visa Waiver Program | Eligibility, Application & Resources Webpage

 

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) participates in the State 30 Program to increase access to health care services for Ohio’s underserved populations.  J-1 visa waivers allow foreign medical graduates to remain in the United States after completing residency/fellowship training in exchange for a three-year commitment to provide health care services in underserved areas. Primary care and mental health HPSAs, certain Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA/Ps), and certain public and children’s hospitals located in MUAs are considered as underserved areas in the Ohio State 30 Program.  Of the 30 slots available each year, up to 10 "flex" slots may be used for placements outside of underserved areas, if an adequate level of service to residents of these areas is documented. Qualified international graduates granted waivers must provide direct patient care for 40 hours per week and provide health care to all patients regardless of their ability to pay.

 

Eligibility

The State 30 Program is open to all physician specialties, although the preference is for primary care physicians who will practice in HPSAs.  Physicians seeking J-1 waivers may not apply directly to ODH; applications are accepted only from sponsoring health care organizations.  Sponsoring health care organizations as well as J-1 physicians must accept Medicaid, Medicare and uninsured patients, and must provide services on a sliding fee scale based on 200 percent of the current federal poverty level.   

Oklahoma

Jana Castleberry, Office of Primary Care & Rural Health Development
Oklahoma State Department of Health
1000 NE 10th Street
Room 915
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Phone: (405) 271-9444 ext. 56520
janac@health.ok.gov

Contact the Office of Primary Care, Oklahoma State Department of Health for more information regarding the J-1 Visa program in Oklahoma.

Jana Castleberry, Health Planning Coordinator, Office of Primary Care & Rural Health Development - 405-271-9444 ext. 56520

Oregon

Dia Shuhart
Oregon Health Authority/Primary Care Office
1225 Ferry St., SE
First Floor
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-373-0364
Fax: 503-373-0313

Primary care preference. 

Pennsylvania

Jacqueline Austin
PA Department of Health/Bureau of Health Planning
625 Forster Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
jaaustin@pa.gov
J1 Visa Waiver Program

The Pennsylvania Primary Care Career Center works with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to help primary physicians and other providers who need a J-1 visa waiver through the  Conrad State 30 Waiver Program or the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). Find out more about Pennsylvania’s Conrad 30 program or us the following contact information:

 J1 Contact Information

J-1 and National Interest Waiver
PA Department of Health/Bureau of Health Planning
625 Forster Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
waiverprograms@pa.gov    
 

Rhode Island

Jill D'Errico
Senior Public Health Promotion Specialist
Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
3 Capitol Hill, Room 302
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-222-1488
Jill.Derrico@health.ri.gov
Rhode Island J1 Visa Waiver Program Information

Rhode Island participates in the Physician Visa Waiver Program with a focus on increasing access to rural and urban community patients for primary care and specialists.  Rhode Island accepts 30 applications per year for the J-1 Visa (Conrad 30 Waiver) Program. Applications are accepted beginning October 1 of each year. The Rhode Island J-1 Visa Waiver Program does not provide direct recruitment services for J-1 candidates.

Rhode Island is full for the 2020-2021 cycle.  Please contact Jill D’Errico or see: https://health.ri.gov/programs/detail.php?pgm_id=155

 

 

 

South Carolina

Mark Jordan
South Carolina Office of Primary Care
Office of Primary Care
1751 Calhoun Street
Columbia, SC
Phone: 803-898-0766
Fax: 803-898-0445
JordanMa@dhec.sc.gov

We are currently reviewing applicants seeking J1 Visa Waivers for all primary care (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Ob/Gyn, and Pediatric) positions.  We are posting a limited number of non-primary care positions, with waiver availability subject to community need and at discretion of our J1 Waiver liaison, Mark Jordan.

Typically we do not post for sub-specialties (i.e., neonatology, peds cardiology, et. al.).  Please use your other resources for information about these non-rural jobs in SC. If you locate an opportunity of interest, please refer to Mark Jordan for waiver availability.

Physicians on J1 visas, please contact Mark Jordan to verify the availability of positions and assistance with waivers. Important Note: South Carolina does not have a J1 deadline for applications, though the sooner they may be in process, the better.  Go to the SC Office of Primary Care J1 Page for more information.

South Dakota

DeAnn Sprenger
SD Office of Rural Health
600 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 1-800-738-2301
Fax: 605-773-5683
DeAnn.Sprenger@state.sd.us
South Dakota Office of Rural Health J1 Site

Participates in State-30 Program

South Dakota's J-1 Visa Waiver Program

Tennessee

Ann Cranford
Tennessee State Office of Rural Health
710 James Robertson Pkwy
Andrew Johnson Tower, 2nd Floor
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
Phone: 615.741.2101
Fax: 615.253.2100
ann.cranford@tn.gov

The Department of Health is committed to assuring all Tennesseans have access to quality, affordable health care. The Department of Health participates in the state and federal programs to facilitate placement of foreign physicians as primary care physicians and physician specialist. Physicians who are placed must provide medical care to underserved Tennesseans.

Texas

Conrad 30 Program Office
Texas Dept of State Health Services
1100 West 49th Street
Mail Code 1898
Austin Texas 78756
Phone: (512) 776-6164
Fax: (512) 776-7344
Conrad30@dshs.texas.gov
Texas Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program

All 30 slots for FFY 2020 in Texas have been filled.  The next application cycle for FFY 2021 will open in September 2020.  Please send all inquiries to the Conrad 30 Program Office: Conrad30@dshs.texas.gov or go to http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/chpr/j1info.shtm

Utah

Mason Payne, MBA
Utah Department of Health
Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
3760 S Highland Dr., Ste. 361
Salt Lake City, Utah 84106
Phone: 801-273-6619
mapayne@utah.gov
Utah Home Page

The PCRH supports the Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program and is the agency designated by the Governor of the State of Utah and the United States Department of State to act as the "Interested Government Agency" for physicians requesting J-1 Visa Waiver's in the State of Utah. For general information on the State of Utah Conrad State 30 Program activities, you can review the "Conrad State 30/J-1 Visa Waiver Program Fact Sheet."

PLEASE NOTE: As of April 20, 2009,only the following counties are eligible for J-1 visa waiver placements:Cache, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Grand, Juab, Kane, Piute, Utah, and Wayne,as well as select primary care HPSA designated Census Tracts: Central Weber, Magna, Midvale, South, Southeast, and West Valley located in Salt Lake and Weber counties.

The need in those communities not listed has been filled. You can go to the following web site to see if an employment site is located in a "primary care" health professional shortage area (HPSA); or you can view a HPSA map by clicking on "Health Professional Shortage Areas" or the button to the left with the same title. Utah does not use medically underserved area or medically underserved populations (MUA/MUP) designations to consider employment sites eligible for J-1 visa waiver placements.

J-1 VISA WAIVER requests Will ALSO be considered by the Utah Department of Health for Specialists and Sub-Specialists racticing in NON-HPSA designated areas, if the employment site meets the FLEX Slot requirements listed below.

"Primary Care" physicians include: Family Practice, Gynecologic, Internal Medicine, Obstetric, Pediatric, and Psychiatry.

Physicians with J-1 Visa's must find position in the State of Utah. We do not place providers or match with sites. Site must meet the US Department of State eligibility criteria.

Vermont

Contact Mandi Gingras for jobs eligible for J1 waivers
Bi-State PCA - NH VT Recruitment Center
525 Clinton Street
Bow, NH 03304
Phone: 603-228-2830, Ext. 116
mgingras@bistatepca.org
BiStateRecruitmentCenter.org

 

A limited number of J1 Visa waivers are granted to non-resident physicians who agree to work in an underserved area of Vermont for a period of three years. Vermont prioritizes primary care specialties, but considers waivers for all specialties that provide direct patient care and based on community need and shortage designation. There are 20 slots available for providers to practice within federally designated health professional shortage areas or medically underserved areas, and 10 slots available for non-designated areas each year.  Physicians are required to be licensed in the State of Vermont and have an employment contract in place before an eligible facility can request a waiver on behalf of the physician.  The physician must assume employment on a full-time basis within 90 days of the approval of the waiver by INS.  The facility is required to accept patients regardless of ability to pay, offer a sliding fee scale, and must show documentation that the physician will work with underserved patients.

The Vermont Office of Rural Health manages J1 waiver applications but does not maintain a list of vacancies for J1 Visa physicians or provide placement services. The State office refers physicians to the NH VT Recruitment Center, a Service of Bi-State Primary Care Association, as a point of contact for the recruitment of primary care providers and specialists in Vermont. Bi-State's Recruitment Center tracks vacancies in Vermont and maintains a listing of current opportunities on the 3RNet website.

 

Virginia

Olivette Burroughs
VDH Office of Health Equity
109 Governor Street
Suite 714 West
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 864-7431
Fax: (804) 864-7440
olivette.burroughs@vdh.virginia.gov
J-1 Visa Waiver Program Information

Primary Care (FP, IM, OB/GYN, PED, PSY).

Please review guidelines for criteria for specialist.

Visit our website to view J-1 Visa Waivers Guidelines:

https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/health-equity/conrad-30-waiver-program-overview/

For comprehensive information regarding Virginia's processing of J-1 Visa Waivers, please visit our website prior to contacting our office.

In addition to its participation in the Conrad 30 Waiver Program, the Commonwealth also participates in the Appalachian Regional Commission’s (ARC) J-1 Visa Waiver Program. ARC is a federal government agency that considers J-1 visa waiver requests by state governors on behalf of medical facilities located in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in the respective state's Appalachian Region. If the employer is located in an Appalachian region of the Commonwealth, VDH will forward the application for processing by the ARC as an interested government agency.

 

In an effort to maximize available resources, and improve access to health care for residents of underserved areas, applicants that are eligible for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) J-1 Wavier program should utilize the ARC J-1 Waiver program. In Virginia, there are 25 counties and eight independent cities that are eligible for the ARC J-1 Wavier program. Specialist physicians are NOT eligible for the ARC J-1 Waiver program and should seek a Specialist slot through Virginia’s J-1 Waiver program.

 

 

 

Washington

Amanda Latchaw
Office of Community and Rural Health
PO Box 47853
Olympia, WA 98504-7853
Phone: 360-236-2862
Fax: 360-236-2830
amanda.latchaw@doh.wa.gov
WA State J-1 Program Specifics

J-1 Visa Waiver Program

The Washington State Department of Health administers the J-1 Physician Visa Waiver program. The goal of the program is to increase the number of physicians available to work in rural and underserved areas of the state. The program is considered a secondary tool in recruitment, used when efforts to recruit a U.S. trained physician have been unsuccessful for an extended period of time.

Washington State will sponsor up to 30 waivers per federal fiscal year (October 1 through September 30).

  • At least 20 of the total waivers are available to primary care physicians.
  • Up to 10 of the total waivers are available to specialists.
  • On April 1 of each year, any waivers remaining unfilled will be available to either primary care or specialist physicians on a first-come, first-served basis.

Eligible employers in Washington must be located in a designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or whole-county Medically Underserved Area (MUA). We may sponsor up to five of the total waivers to physicians who will practice at healthcare facilities located in non-designated areas that meet the criteria in WAC 246-562-075. Washington does not require a minimum HPSA score or a specific facility type. For more information see: Applicant Eligibility Criteria. The J-1 Visa Application form (PDF) will be accepted beginning October 1 of each year.

West Virginia

Bethlhem Amare, Bureau for Public Health
Office of Community and Rural Health Services
West Virginia State Office of Rural Health
350 Capitol Street, Room 515
Charleston, WV 25301-3716
Phone: 304-558-4382
Fax: 304-558-1437
bethlhem.s.amare@wv.gov

West Virginia coordinates and administers the J-1 Visa waivers through the two Federal programs; the Appalachian Regional Commission J-1 Visa Waivers and the Department of State "Conrad 30" Program.

When applying using the Appalachian Regional Commission program physician’s request must be sponsored by a state located within the Appalachian Region. The physician must agree to provide primary clinical care for 40 hours per week at a site located in a Health Professional Shortage Area. West Virginia’s J-1 Visa Waiver Program requires a three year service obligation

For the Department of State “Conrad 30” Program physicians must agree to provide medical care for a minimum of 40 hours per week in either a Health Professional Shortage Area or a Medically Underserved Area. Sub-specialists and specialists are allowed to participate in this program, in addition to primary care providers. West Virginia J-1 Visa Waiver Program requires a 3 year service obligation.

Wisconsin

Tim Dybevik
Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
310 North Midvale Blvd.
Madison, WI. 53705
dybevik2@wisc.edu

Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatric Medicine, Ob/Gyn, Psychiatry only

Wyoming

Eileen Dinneen
Wyoming Health Resources Network
122 E. 17th St.
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Phone: 307-630-2112
Fax: 307-632-1973
EDED@whrn.org

Wyoming is a very visa friendly state(and generally has available waivers). We welcome your applications and can get you information quickly about what jobs there are and get you in contact with employers. Please e-mail Eileen Dinneen, Executive Director, for more complete information, edinneen@whrn.org.