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 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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