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.
2013 was the program's best year ever:
Fiscal Year 2013
(October 2012 – September 2013)
19 (1 flex)
10 (1 flex)
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: