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Practice Area: Given the need for improving access to primary health care, preference for J-1 visa waivers is given to physicians trained in the specialties of Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology and general Psychiatrists.

Specialty: Non-primary care physicians who fill a documented community health care need may also be considered for J-1 visa waivers with appropriate documentation. There is likewise, a preference given to J-1 Physicians being recruited for placement in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) over Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs) or Medically Underserved Populations (MUPs). The J-1 Physicians who wish to receive waivers shall meet both the federal eligibility criteria and VDH qualifications for J-1 visa waivers and shall provide required supporting documents.

Slot Allocation: A total of 30 slots are allotted each year for the Conrad 30 Waiver Program. After the 30 available waiver slots have been filled, applications will be returned without being reviewed. Returned applications shall be resubmitted by the attorney or legal practice to be considered during the following federal fiscal year. The federal fiscal year begins on September 1 and ends on September 30. Of the 30 slots, 25 are designated; up to five shall be reserved for use at VDH’s discretion taking into account unique current needs for specific health care professionals. (see definition below)

Discretionary Definition: The Conrad 30 Waiver Program will reserve five slots to use as discretionary slots for J-1 Physician waivers each year. The discretionary slots will be allotted at the discretion of VDH based on the prevailing critical needs for specific health care professionals. The prioritized needs will be evaluated on an annual basis and will be posted on the website prior to the commencement of each application cycle.

Application Review: Prioritizing applications for waiver recommendations is done on a first come first serve basis; however VDH may make discretionary waiver recommendation as appropriate. September 1 to August 31 of each year.

Notes: The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) does not recruit directly for this program. J-1 Physicians are encouraged to utilize the free, 3RNet recruitment network for employment opportunities in Virginia, or contact employers directly. Please adhere to Virginia's guidelines before submitting an application. Applications shall be completed and submitted by an attorney or legal practice. VDH does not assist or recommend any attorneys for this process. Applications are reviewed on a first come-first served basis; however, VDH may make discretionary waiver recommendations as appropriate beginning September 1 of each year. Please allow at least 12-15 weeks to process all Conrad 30 Waiver Program applications. After the 30 available waiver slots have been filled, applications will be returned without being reviewed. Returned applications shall be resubmitted by the attorney or legal practice to be considered during the next federal fiscal year.

Contact: Olivette Burroughs
Virginia Department of Health 
Office of Minority Health and Health Equity 
Attn: Conrad 30 Waiver Program
109 Governor Street, Suite 1016 East 
Richmond, VA 23219 
(804) 864-7431- Direct

E-mail: Olivette Burroughs – olivette.burroughs@vdh.virginia.gov

Website: http://www.vdh.state.va.us/healthpolicy/primarycare/incentives/j1visa/index.htm

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