“A notice of proposed rulemaking containing the text of the proposed amendment to the 19 CSR 10-4.020 J-1 Visa Waiver Program was published in the Missouri Register on April 15, 2021. The proposed amendment to the 19 CSR 10-4.020 J-1 Visa Waiver Program will be open for comment from April 15, 2021, through May 15, 2021. The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (ORHPC) would like to invite you to review the proposed amendment and submit comments as part of the rulemaking process. Comments should be directed to Lori Brenneke, Deputy Director, Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Community and Public Health, PO Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102. We appreciate you taking the opportunity to provide your comments through the formal process specified in the Missouri Register. If you should have any questions regarding this announcement, contact the DHSS, ORHPC at ORHPCinfo@health.mo.gov.”

The annual application period for Missouri's J-1 Conrad 30 program runs from October 1 to October 31.

J-1 Visa Waiver Program (Conrad 30 Waiver Program)

The Conrad 30 State J-1 Visa Waiver Program was established to improve accessibility to health care for underserved areas by providing support of J-1 visa waiver requests on behalf of foreign medical graduates who have obtained a J-1 visa for graduate medical studies in the United States. Under the Conrad Visa Waiver Program, each state is allotted a maximum of 30 J-1 visa waivers each fiscal year.

  • The J-1 Visa Waiver Program recommends waivers for primary care physicians (family medicine, general pediatrics, general obstetrics/gynecology, and general internal medicine) and specialists in federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA), Medically Underserved Areas (MUA), or Medically Underserved Populations (MUP), with priority given to primary care physicians.
  • The J-1 Visa waiver waives the two-year home residency requirement allowing a foreign medical graduate to attend an advanced training program in the United States and waives the requirement for graduates to return to their native country.
  • The J-1 Visa waiver is granted in exchange for an obligation to practice in a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA)/Medically Underserved Area (MUA).
  • Visit https://data.hrsa.gov/ for information about specific locations designated as HPSAs.
  • States are allotted 30 recommendations during each federal fiscal year (214(l) of the Immigration Nationality Act).

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