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.
Only 2 slots remain for Program Year 2015-2016! Interested practices and physicians should contact the Program office right away. As of May 31st Oregon has forwarded 17 primary care and ten specialist physician applications to US Department of State. One aditional Family Medicine doctor has been hired and the application will soon arrive.
All conforming applications will be accepted. If more than 30 apply, we will submit the extras on October 1st when the new program year starts.
Note: Some of our rules have changed. Be sure to talk with:
Dia Shuhart, Program Coordinator at (503) 373-0364, before starting the application process.
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: