Foreign Physicians Helping Underserved Areas
The Primary Care Office (PCO) helps coordinate the placement of foreign physicians in under-served areas of the state through the Physician Visa Waiver Program.
Right now, many Oregonians do not have access to a primary care doctor in their community. This is mainly true for rural areas of the state, but also applies to some urban and suburban communities. The Physician Visa Waiver Program helps address this issue by allowing international medical graduates to remain in the United States if they work in a federally designated shortage area.
This program is also known as the "Conrad Program" or the "J-1 Visa Waiver Program."
The program allows Oregon to sponsor 30 waiver applications per federal fiscal year, October 1 - September 30. An application fee of $2,000 helps fund the program.
Apply Now for Program year (10/1/17-9/30/18)
Oregon has received one application and has reserved 17 slots for physicians with signed employment contracts for 2018. Although there is no deadline, it appears our 30 allotted spaces will fill quickly. Please contact Dia Shuhart, Program Coordinator, at 503-373-0364 before starting the application process.
No suitable candidate will be rejected. Applications in excess of 30 can be held and submitted October 1, 2018 when the new program year starts. The physician can then start work as soon as the waiver is issued.
Summary of Program Year 2017:
19 Primary Care and11 Specialists; 22 Urban and 8 Rural; 13 Female and 17 Male
Our mailing address is:
Physician Visa Waiver Program
OHA-Health Policy & Analytics
500 Summer Street NE, E-65
Salem, OR 97301
Please examine and use the updated application form below.
Please visit the Department of State and obtain your tracking number in advance. The employer and the J1 physician need to work together to complete the application. The Administrative Rules (OAR 409-035) explain the program requirements and steps necessary to complete the application process. Below are the forms you will need: