J-1 WAIVERS FOR PHYSICIANS

International Medical Graduates (IMGs) must pass the USMLE and complete a medical residency in the U.S. in order to qualify to practice medicine in the United States.  Often, IMGs obtain J-1 visas to come to the U.S. to do their residencies and fellowships.  If so, they are compelled to return to their countries for a minimum of two years once their training is complete. This page explains the procedures by which doctors can obtain waivers of the two-year home residency requirement.

 

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J-1 Waivers For Doctors is divided into the following subtopics:

 

 

J WAIVERS FOR PHYSICIANS

 

 

EXCEPTIONAL HARDSHIP WAIVERS

 

 

CONRAD STATE 30 PROGRAMS

 

Each state has the ability to sponsor up to 30 physicians each year for J waivers. Almost all states sponsor primary care physicians, and a rapidly increasing number of states sponsor specialists. Most states post their criteria for sponsoring J waivers for physicians online. Click on the name of the states listed below to access this information.

 

 

Conrad 30 Web Sites:

 

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS)

 

 

VETERANS’ ADMINISTRATION (VA)

 

 

APPALACHIAN REGIONAL COMMISSION (ARC)

 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES