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.
J1 Contact Information
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