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Physician Visa Waiver Program

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.

Apply Now for Program Year 2017 (10/1/2016 - 9/30/2017)

The new year started on October 1st. Eight J-1 physicians have already been hired, and another 14 are prospective hires.
Note: Be sure to talk with: Dia Shuhart, Program Coordinator at (503) 373-0364, before starting the application process. Some of our rules have changed
Oregon accepts primary care and specialist applications on a first-come basis.  There is no deadline. 2016 was very successful, with all available slots filled:
19 primary care
11 specialist
30 Total
Please read the attached J-1 Visa Waiver Program Summary for important information.
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. 

Application Forms

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: