Many foreign physicians come to the United States to study medicine through a residency or fellowship. They enter the U.S. with J-1 exchange visitor visas. 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 state can sponsor up to 30 International Medical Graduates (IMGs) for J waivers annually.
The vast majority of states sponsor primary care doctors, and most states also sponsor specialists. Conrad 30 usage varies widely from state to state. While some states fill their 30 slots within a day or a week, other states never use up their 30 slots.
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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 typically use all of their 30 waivers and which states that 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.
Conrad 30 Usage: States which Do Not Use All of Their Waivers
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- South Carolina
Conrad 30 Usage: States which generally use all their 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
- Conrad 30 Usage Chart
- Check the Status of Your J Waiver (State Department)
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