The Primary Care Office (PCO) helps coordinate the placement of foreign physicians in underserved 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.
The new fiscal year 2014 started on October 1st. We are accepting applications and will continue to do so until all 30 slots are filled.
In FY 2013, Oregon issued 29 VISA waivers to physicians who are practicing in underserved areas around the state.
APPLICATIONS MAILED TO US DEPT OF STATE FOR FY 2014 (as of April 18th)
Primary Care: 16 (including 2 flex slots)
Note: Another 12 applications are on our "tentative list" but not yet received. However, the number of applicants may exceed 30. If that happens the extras will be temporarily held until October 1st, and submitted at the start of fiscal year 2015.
For more information, read the J-1 VISA Program Summary, or contact Dia Shuhart, J-1 VISA program coordinator and a member of the OHWL. You can also call her at 503-373-0364 for more information. Please contact the Program Coordinator before starting the application process.
Administrative Rules (OAR 409-035)
Application Form (fillable)
ETA 9035 CP Bureau of Labor Reporting Form instructions
ETA 9035 Bureau of Labor Reporting Form application
Prevailing Wage Info
Employment Status Form
Please contact the Program Coordinator prior to starting the application process.
Dia Shuhart, Program Coordinator
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 give a general explanation of program requirements and the steps to complete the application process. Below are the forms you will need: