J-1 Visa Waiver Program


Program Overview

The State 30 (Conrad) J-1 Visa Waiver Program assists non-citizen physicians who are international medical graduates to obtain an H-1B or L-1 visa by waiving the two-year home country residency requirement in exchange for a commitment to practice medicine in a location designated as a health professional shortage area (HPSA). The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is the designated state health agency for recommending J-1 Visa waivers to the U.S. State Department, when the waiver is in the public interest. Kansas can support up to 30 waiver recommendations per Federal Fiscal Year (October 1 through September 30).

For details go to Kansas J-1 Visa Waiver Program Guidelines

The process of a J-1 visa waiver application and decision making will consist of two phases:

PHASE 1: KDHE will begin accepting J-1 visa waiver applications on September 1 and conclude on October 31. Decisions on applications received during Phase 1 will be issued on or before December 15. The parties will be notified of the decision via email. The number of slots used and remaining at the conclusion of Phase 1 will be posted through KDHE-J1VISA-WAIVER-PROGRAM list group.

PHASE 2: J-1 visa waiver applications will continue to be accepted after October 31; however, these applications will be considered only if all 30 slots are not filled in Phase 1. Waiver applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. KDHE does not make assurances regarding the length of time it will take to render a decision in Phase 2. The parties will be notified of the decision via email.


J-1 Visa Waiver Slots

The Kansas J-1 Visa Waiver program focuses on primary care and meeting emergency medical systems and chronic care needs of the medically underserved populations. Non-primary care specialists may also apply if slots are available after Phase 1. Evidence of unmet need for non-primary care specialties must be demonstrated by the applicant.

For details refer to Kansas J-1 Visa Waiver Program Guidelines

Number of J-1 Visa Waiver Applications Allowable by Employing Health Facility/Campus:
During Phase 1, applications will be limited to six (6) per employing health facility/campus.  After Phase 1, should vacant waiver slots remain, additional applications by the health facility/campus may be submitted to be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Weekly updates will be posted through the KDHE-J1VISA-WAIVER-PROGRAMlist group.
This list group is publicly available to all interested parties.
Please check list group posting for status of waivers.
To subscribe to KDHE-J1VISA-WAIVER-PROGRAM list group click here


Application Guidelines & Forms Program Resources/Links

Kansas J-1 Visa Waiver Program Guidelines |

General Enquiry Form |

J-1 Visa Waiver Application Instructions & Forms |

Requesting J-1 Visa Waiver Transfer |

Requesting National Interest Waiver Letter |

Kansas Physician/Employer Reporting Form |

Kansas Board of Healing Arts |

Kansas Counties Requiring Use of "FLEX" Slots |

Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center |

US State Department Waiver Review Procedures |


Questions & Technical Assistance

Physicians inquiring about employment opportunities and program eligibility, please contact the Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center at rhealth@kumc.edu.

Physicians or Entities inquiring about the current availability of J-1 Visa Waivers, please read the weekly updates posted on KDHE-J1VISA-WAIVER-PROGRAM list group.

Employer-specific questions about the J-1 Visa Waiver program, please email the Office of Primary Care and Rural Health at kdhe.PrimaryCare@ks.gov.