J-1 Visa Waiver Program
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.
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