Updated J-1 Waiver Numbers – California, South Carolina, and Washington

  • As of December 13, 2012, the California Department of Health Care Services Department had received 16 J-1 Waiver applications and recommended 5 of them to the Department of State. California’s J-1 Visa Waiver Program gives priority to applications from primary care physicians who will work in federally designated undeserved areas.  Primary care physicians include:  internist, family practice, pediatrician, psychiatrist, and OB/GYN.  The California J-1 Visa Waiver Program does not accept applications from specialists.
  • The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is reporting that they have received 2 Conrad 30 applications, meaning 28 slots remain for program year 2013.  All physician specialties are eligible for consideration. All employers must be pre-approved by the Primary Care Office (PCO) and assigned a J-1 wavier slot before a waiver application will be accepted for processing.
  • On November 29, 2012, The Washington State Department of Health reported that it had not received any J-1 Waivers for FY2013.  Washington State sponsors up to 30 Conrad waivers per federal fiscal year.   At least 20 of the total waivers are available to primary care physicians, and up to 10 of the total waivers are available to specialists.  On April 1st of each year, any waivers remaining unfilled will be available to either primary care or specialist physicians on a first-come, first-served basis.  Eligible employers in Washington must be located in a designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or whole-county Medically Underserved Area (MUA).

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