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Physician Visa Waiver Programs

Update 3/23/2022
The Conrad 30 Program is now closed. 
The program will reopen Oct 1, 2022.


Conrad 30 Program
Applications Received
38
Applications Recommended
30

Conrad 30 Waiver

The Conrad 30 program allows international medical graduates that hold a J-1 visa to apply for a waiver of the two-year residence requirement, in their last year of training. In return, the physician must practice a total of three years in an approved underserved area in Pennsylvania. The programs focuses is on Primary Care providers however specialist may apply and will be considered on a as needed basis. The goal of the program is to improve access to primary care.

ARC Appalachian Regional Commission

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) program allows international medical graduates that hold a J-1 visa to apply for a waiver of their two-year residency requirement.  In return the physician must practice a total of three years.

The goal of the program is to improve access to comprehensive, affordable health care in the Appalachian Region.

Practice sites must be in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), within one of the counties identified by ARC.

Please Note:  On May 6, 2021 a new Federal Co-Chair Gayle Conelly Manchin was sworn in.

National Interest Waiver

National Interest Waivers is an exemption from the labor certification process and job offer requirements for advanced degree/exceptional ability physicians.
Time spent in J status does not apply.

In return for the waiver support the physician must practice for a total of five-years full-time.  If the physician has already completed a three-year Conrad 30 program, then an additional two years is needed.

A  letter of completion is needed from the state in which the physician had completed their waiver as proof of the three-year service commitment.