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 started on October 1, 2013 and runs through September 30, 2014. We are accepting applications and will continue to do so until all 30 slots are filled.
In the previous fiscal year (FY 2013), Oregon issued 29 VISA waivers to physicians tp practice in underserved areas around the state.
Applications mailed to the US Department of State as of June 2, 2014:
Primary Care: 21 (including 2 flex slots)
Note: We have two slots remaining for the current fiscal year! If the number of applications exceeds 30, we will hold and submit your application at the start the new fiscal year that begins October 1, 2014.
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: