J1 Visa Contacts

More information for physicians with J1 visas:

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 Assistance Center.

Alabama

Chuck Lail
Alabama Department of Public Health
Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
RSA Tower, Suite 1040
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: 334-206-5438
Fax: 334-206-0340
Chuck.Lail@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

Eric Peter
State of Alaska DHSS
Health Planning & Systems Development
PO Box 110650
Juneau, AK 99811-0650
Phone: 907-465-8509
eric.peter@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:

  • Arizona’s J-1 Visa Waiver Program click here.
  • HHS Exchange Visitor Waiver Program click here.
  • Navigating the J-1 Visa Waiver Job Search Process booklet
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    Arkansas

    J-1 CVs to:
    Arkansas Department of Health
    4815 W Markham St
    Slott 22
    Little Rock, AR 72205-3867
    Taylor.Machen@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

    Ashley Mills
    Colorado Provider Recruitment Program
    3033 S. Parker Rd., Ste. 606
    Aurora, CO 80014
    Phone: 1-800-851-6782
    Fax: (303) 832-7496
    cpr@coruralhealth.org
    Fill out Provider Interview Form here to receive information on current 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 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

    CT Dept. of Public Health
    CT Dept. of Public Health
    CT
    Connecticut

    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
    417 Federal Street
    Dover, DE 19901
    Phone: 302-744-4555
    Fax: 302-739-3313
    Joan.Barnwell@state.de.us

    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
    Fax: 850-922-6296

    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

    Casey Suter
    Idaho Primary Care Office
    450 W. State Street, 4th Floor
    PO Box 83720
    Boise, ID 83720-0036
    Phone: (208) 334-5993
    Fax: (208) 332-7262
    ruralhealth@dhw.idaho.gov
    Idaho State Office of Rural Health & Primary Care

    Information about Idaho’s J-1 Visa Waiver Program may be found here.   
    Contact the Idaho State Office 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. Applications accepted from October 1st - October 31st  or until all 30 slots are filled each year. Please email or call for more information.

    Iowa

    Kevin Wooddell
    Iowa Department of Public Health
    Bureau of Health Care Access
    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

    Dorie Tschudy
    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
    dorie.tschudy@la.gov
    http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/792

    Interested sites should contact Dorie Tschudy. 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

    Temi Oshiyoye, MPH
    DHMH/ Office of Primary Care Access
    201 W. Preston St.
    Baltimore, MD 21201
    Phone: 410-767-4467
    Temi.Oshiyoye@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

    Darwin Flores Trujillo
    Office of Rural Health & Primary Care, MN Dept. of Health
    PO Box 64882
    St. Paul, MN 55164-0882
    Phone: 651-201-3850 or 800-366-5424
    darwin.flores.trujillo@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

    Lee Temmen
    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
    Lee.Temmen@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 2018 cycle is closed. All 30 slots have been filled. The FY 2019 cycle will open on October 1, 2018.

    Questions regarding the Missouri J-1 process may be made to Lee Temmen. 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: http://www.dra.gov/initiatives/health/delta-doctors.aspx

    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
    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

    Scott Jones
    Nevada Primary Care Office
    4126 Technology Way, 2nd Floor
    Carson City, Nevada 89706
    Phone: 775-684-4047
    Fax: 775-684-5999
    scottjones@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

    Mandi Gingras
    NH/VT Recruitment Center
    525 Clinton Street
    Bow, NH 03304
    Phone: 603-228-2830 Ext. 115
    mgingras@bistatepca.org
    http://www.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.  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

    Linda D. Anderson, Project Director
    New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
    50 East State Street
    P.O. Box 364
    Trenton,NJ 08625-0364
    Phone: 609-292-1495
    Fax: 609-292-9599
    Linda.Anderson@doh.nj.us
    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.

    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

    Crystal Begay
    New Mexico Department of Health
    300 San Mateo NE
    Suite 900
    Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108
    Phone: (505) 222-8679
    Fax: (505) 222-8675
    crystal.begay@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 Britt Catron, New Mexico Department of Health at 505-841-5866. Please note that Ms. Catron 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

    Cindy Leighton and Clint Cresawn
    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

    We actively recruit primary care J1 physicians for positions across the state.

    North Dakota

    Stacy Kusler
    Center for Rural Health
    University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
    Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037

    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

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

    The new cycle began on October 1, 2017. Please contact Jill D’Errico or see: http://www.health.ri.gov/programs/physicianvisawaiver/

     

     

    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

    Jill Dean
    SD Office of Rural Health
    600 East Capitol Avenue
    Pierre, SD 57501
    Phone: 1-800-738-2301
    Fax: 605-773-5683
    Jill.Dean@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 Office of Rural Health
    710 James Robertson Pkwy
    2nd Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower
    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

    Clay Daniel
    Texas Primary Care Office
    1100 West 49th Street
    Mail Code 1937
    Austin Texas 78756
    Phone: (512) 776-3862
    Fax: (512) 776-7203
    clay.daniel@dshs.state.tx.us

    Please send all inquiries to the Texas Primary Care Office: Clay Daniel at 512-776-3862 or go to http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/chpr/j1info.shtm

    Utah

    Matt McCullough
    Utah Department of Health
    Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
    PO Box 142005
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-2005
    Phone: (801) 273-6621
    mmccullough@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

    Mandi Gingras, Recruitment Coordinator
    NH/VT Recruitment Center, a Service of Bi-State Primary Care Association
    525 Clinton Street
    Bow, NH 03304
    Phone: 603-228-2830, Ext. 115
    Fax: 603-228-2464
    mgingras@bistatepca.org
    http://www.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.

    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:

    http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/OMHHE/primarycare/incentives/j1visa/

    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

    Renee Fullerton
    Office of Community and Rural Health
    PO Box 47853
    Olympia, WA 98504-7853
    Phone: 360-236-2814
    Fax: 360-236-2830
    renee.fullerton@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

    Randy Munson, MS
    Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
    310 North Midvale Blvd.
    Madison, WI. 53705

    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
    edinneen@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.

     

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