Physician Visa Waiver Programs
The Conrad 30 and ARC Visa Waiver Program is currently closed.
The programs will reopen Oct 1, 2021.
|Conrad 30 Program |
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.