J-1 Visa Waiver Program

Program Overview

The State 30 (Conrad) J-1 Visa Waiver Program assists in the recruitment and retention of physicians to serve communities that lack adequate access to health care. The 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 recommending waivers through the J-1 Visa Waiver Program. KDHE action is limited to recommending to the U.S. State Department that a waiver be granted where it is in the public interest. KDHE, through the Primary Care Office, will support applications for up to 30 waivers per Federal Fiscal Year (October 1 through September 30) on behalf of physicians holding J-1 visas. Kansas does not have a deadline for submitting applications.


All 30 Waivers have been committed for the October 1, 2015-September 30, 2016 cycle. KDHE is not accepting additional J-1 Visa Waiver applications for this current cycle. J-1 Visa Physicians in a primary care specialty, employed by a federally qualified health center or a rural health clinic, may be eligible for a J-1 Visa Waiver through US-Health and Human Services,

Updated eligibility requirements, prioritization guidelines, application instructions, and forms will be posted in late summer in preparation for the next federal cycle -- October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017.

For inquiries regarding availability of J-1 Visa Waiver slots, please email the Office of Primary Care and Rural Health at primarycare@kdheks.gov.

Application Guidelines & Forms Program Resources/Links

Application Guidelines |

Notice of Intent to Apply – Form |

Guidelines and Forms for Requesting J-1 Visa Transfer |

Guidelines and Forms for Requesting National Interest Waiver Letter |

All J-1 Visa Waiver Program Forms |

Income Eligibility Guidelines and Discount Table |

Kansas Physician/Employer Reporting Form |

Eligibility Information |

Exchange Visitor Program Information |

US State Department Waiver Review Procedures |

Kansas Board of Healing Arts |

Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center

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

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