Physician Visa Information

Physician Visa Waiver Programs

Rural communities often face healthcare hardship due to physician staffing shortages. The ongoing lack of quality healthcare can negatively impact these communities for generations. As a solution, many providers in these medically underserved areas (MUAs) recruit top talent via international medical graduates (IMGs) who have completed their graduate medical education through the J-1 visa program.

After IMGs complete residency or fellowship through their J-1 visa, US immigration laws require these physicians to return to their home countries for two years unless they obtain a waiver. The physician waiver programs, such as Conrad 30, generally allow an individual to continue working for 3 years before they must obtain an H-1B visa and then a permanent residency in order to remain and practice within the United States.

Read more about the J-1 Visa waiver timeline or learn more general visa terminology.

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Physician J-1 Visa Waiver Program Options

Learn about the different waiver programs including links to applications, the number of available Conrad 30 waivers for each state, checking your visa waiver application status, and more:

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SJA Proudly Supports International Medical Graduates

It is our privilege to work with internationally-trained physicians and match them with the healthcare practices that understand their significance in our national medical landscape. We are extremely knowledgeable about the medical licensing and certification process that physicians need to complete prior to entering residency or fellowship programs in the United States, and we look forward to helping you secure a J-1 or H-1B position.

We can connect you with an immigration attorney and other resources that will help you secure your new job. Learn more about how we guide candidates through the job search process.

Visa Physician Testimonials

The best part of our job is building relationships with our clients. Celebrating their happiness and success is our biggest motivation.

It was a great pleasure working with Ms. Wendy Roofe. She helped me secure my J1 waiver position and did an excellent job helping prepare me for the interview and also helped facilitate my post interview discussions. I will certainly recommend her services not only for candidates but employers looking to hire qualified candidates as well. Thanks so much Wendy for all the help.

C Odigwe

Wendy helped me find my current job and she was amazing at what she did. She was very professional and knowledgeable. I highly recommend her for any job search.

G Al-Helou

Jay was extremely helpful in helping me find the right job. I was especially impressed with his availability to answer my questions and he was really good at narrowing down list of opportunities based on what I was looking for. I was very comfortable with his low pressure approach and grateful for all of his advice throughout the whole process.

A Kotcharian

I spoke to many recruiters while looking for a pulmonary/critical care position just out of fellowship. I really liked Wendy from the start. She was direct, kind, clear, enthusiastic and professional. She followed up frequently and provided valuable insight and tips into the interview process. I am very happy and grateful to have worked with her.

A Diaz-Chavez


The information provided here is general in nature and should not be relied on for specific situations. In addition to working with an experienced physician recruiter, St. John Associates recommends that all physician visa candidates consult with an experienced immigration attorney to get the right plan for their specific situation.

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