J-1 Visa Waiver Program

The State 30 (Conrad) J-1 Visa Waiver Program assists non-citizen physicians who are international medical graduates in obtaining an H-1B or L-1 visa by waiving the two-year home country residency requirement in exchange for a commitment to practice medicine in a location designated as a health professional shortage area (HPSA). The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is the designated state health agency for recommending J-1 Visa waivers to the U.S. State Department. Kansas can support up to 30 waiver recommendations per Federal Fiscal Year, October 1 through September 30. For details, see the Kansas J-1 Visa Waiver Program Guidelines (PDF).

Questions & Technical Assistance

For questions and technical assistance for the J-1 Visa Waiver Program, email the Office of Primary Care and Rural Health. For program updates, subscribe to our list group, which is publicly available to all interested parties. For status of waivers, check list group postings.

Employment Opportunities & Program Eligibility

Physicians inquiring about employment opportunities and program eligibility should check the Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center webpage or email the Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center.

  1. Application
  2. Eligibility
  3. Guidelines & Forms
  4. Resources

Application Process

The process of a J-1 visa waiver application and decision making will consist of two phases:

Phase 1

KDHE will begin accepting J-1 visa waiver applications on September 1 and conclude on November 30. Decisions on applications received during Phase 1 will be issued on or before December 15. The parties will be notified of the decision via email. The number of slots used and remaining at the conclusion of Phase 1 will be posted through the KDHE J-1 Visa Waiver Program Mailchimp list group.

Phase 2

J-1 visa waiver applications will continue to be accepted after November 30; however, these applications will be considered only if all 30 slots are not filled in Phase 1. Waiver applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. KDHE does not make assurances regarding the length of time it will take to render a decision in Phase 2. The parties will be notified of the decision via email.