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.
We are at the height of Program year 2016 (10/1/15 -
9/30/16). We accept applications on a
first-come basis until all 30 slots are filled.
There is no deadline. As of April 30, 2016 Oregon has received 26 applications - 16 primary care and 10 specialists. Two other physicians have signed contracts. Interested practices and physicians should contact the Program office right away.
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 new mailing address is:
500 Summer Street, NE
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: