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.


Number of Reviews Completed & Recommended for Visa Waiver

Total Number of Waivers Remaining
As of July 14, 2015

24 Specialist
1 Primary Care



Waiver Application Guidelines & Forms

Application Guidelines

J-1 Visa Waiver Application Checklist

J-1 Visa Waiver Program Forms

Evaluation of Applications

Waiver Review Process & Eligibility

Eligibility Information

Waiver Review Process/Requirements

US State Department Waiver Review Procedures


J-1 Visa Waiver Program Resources/Links

Exchange Visitor Program

Visa Services

Exchange Visitors Program Information

J-1 Visa Information Guide (Rural Assistance Center)

Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center

Kansas Board of Healing Arts

For more information, please contact the Primary Care Office at (785) 291-3796 or primarycare@kdheks.gov