California - Southern

Bally Nagra
Tel: 916-326-3714

Southern California is one of the most popular areas in California because of its large cities, beaches and lifestyle. But, its rural and frontier areas are an expansion of lakes, mountains, deserts, and beautiful valleys.

This area of California has a significant need for healthcare for migrant workers. Healthcare provider needs include, but are not limited to: dental, behavioral health, nurses and family healthcare physicians. Bilingual healthcare workers in Spanish/English is a plus.

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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