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.