Many foreign physicians choose to come to the United States to study medicine through a residency or fellowship. After completing their programs, these doctors are required to return to their home countries for at least 2 years unless they obtain a J waiver.
One way to obtain a J waiver is through the Conrad 30 program. Each year, states can sponsor up to 30 physicians for J waivers. The majority of states sponsor primary care doctors, and an increasing number of states also sponsor specialists.
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When applying for the Conrad 30 program, you may wish to consider which state is the best option for you. To help you decide, we have compiled the following lists showing which states usually use all of their 30 waivers and which states that typically have extra waivers to use each year. To increase your chances of approval, you may wish to seek sponsorship from a state that generally does not use all of their numbers.
States which, generally, do not use all of their Conrad State 30 waivers:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- South Carolina
States which generally use all their Conrad 30 waivers:
- New York
- New Mexico
- West Virginia
Conrad 30 Usage – General Resources
- Conrad State 30 Programs
- J Waivers for IMG Physicians
- Details on J Waivers Applications Under the Conrad 30 Program
- Check the Status of Your J Waiver (State Department)
Carl Shusterman served as an INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) before opening an 8 attorney firm specializing in immigration law. He is a Certified Specialist in Immigration Law who has testified as an expert witness before the Senate Immigration Subcommittee. Carl was featured in the February 2018 edition of SuperLawyers Magazine.
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