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NIW Requirements for a Specialist Physician

NIW requires "You must serve either in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), Mental Health Professional Area (MHPSA – for psychiatrists only), a Medically Underserved Area (MUA), or a Veterans Affairs facility, or for specialists in a Physician Scarcity Area (PSA)."

Green Card for Physicians

Physicians seeking a permanent employment opportunity in the United States and employers seeking to sponsor a physician for lawful permanent residency based on permanent employment in the United States must go through a multi-step process.

Foreign nationals and employers must determine whether the foreign national is eligible for lawful permanent residency under one of several, acceptable paths to lawful permanent residency.

For more information please click the link below

http://www.immigration.com/physicians<</a>

Guestbook Entry for S Nair, United States

Name: 
S Nair
State: 
CT
Country: 
United States
Comment: 

Although it was a brief consultation, all our questions regarding I-485, EAD and AC21 portabilty were answered satisfactorily by Mr Khanna. Sure to recommend Mr Khanna for any immigration matter especially if it is complex.

Posted on: 
7th May, 2013

Guestbook Entry for Savan , United States

Name: 
Savan
State: 
Los Angeles
Country: 
United States
Comment: 
I owe my success to Rajiv Khanna and their diligent team.  It would never been possible without all your efforts, during difficult times of visa cancellation all those conference calls made me feel secure, answering RFE was very crucial as I had only 5 days remaining to reply and still you accepted it.  I also got benefitted in H1b processing as I had offer letter with me for 4 months but due to one major concern my employer was holding it back and even after consulting few lawyer I could not get satisfactory response. I consulted Rajiv Khanna again and as always I found answeres to all my questions.  It just like consulting a doctor some are really dedicated to their profession and I found Mr. Khanna just like them. Thank you once again Rajiv Khanna and team.  
Posted on: 
25th Mar, 2013

J-1 Visa Waivers for Physicians to Work in Medically Underserved Areas

A J-1 exchange visa holder who received graduate medical education or training in the U.S. (a J-1 medical doctor) is generally ineligible to apply for a Green Card or nonimmigrant visa unless he or she resides in his or her home country for at least two years upon completion of the J-1 exchange visitor program.  This requirement of returning to home country (to be more precise, the country of last permanent residence at the time of obtaining the J-1 classification/visa) is referred to as “Home Residency Requirement,” (“HRR,”) and is also known as the 212(e) requirement, based upon the section of the law that contains it.<<dfn title="Immigration and Naturalization Service (now called USCIS) ">/p>

This two-year HRR can be waived through four methods [three for Foreign Medical Graduates (“FMG’s”)].  We are highlighting here the most commonly used waiver options used by FMG’s. 

The most commonly used waiver options rely upon an FMG’s undertaking to serve a certain amount of time in a designated medical facility or area.  Information on each state’s programs is below.

Here is general information about the J-1 Visa program:

http://www.immigration.com/visa/j-1-visa/j-1j-2-visa

The applyying physician must begin the process with the U.S. Department of State and obtain a case number.  Here is the website for beginning the process and obtaining a case number:

https://j1visawaiverrecommendation.state.gov/

The applyying physician needs to have employment lined up to participate in the program and agree to begin employment at the health care facility within 90 days of receipt of the waiver, not the date his or her J-1 visa expires.  The employment offer needs to be for full-time employment in H-1B nonimmigrant status at a health care facility located in an area designated by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), Medically Underserved Area (MUA), or Medically Underserved Population (MUP). 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services maintains a database of openings in shortage areas:

http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/shortage/shortageareas/index.html

In additiion, there is another national database of available placements for this and similar programs, the 3RNet website, from which those interested should choose "Search Opportunities," then check “Search Only Health Professional Shortage Areas – HPSAs” in order to search rural areas that are eligible for the program:

https://www.3rnet.org/

The applicant mmust obtain a “no objection” letter from his or her home country if the home government funded his or her exchange program.

The four most commonly used programs are as follows:

1)     The largest program is the Conrad-30 J-1 Waiver program.  Each state is entitled to 30 waivers per year.  Below are links to each state’s Conrad-30 program. 

2)     The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) manages health the research and clinical care portion of the U.S. Exchange Visitor Program.  This program accepts applications for two types of waivers--research performed in an area of priority or significant interest to the agency, and

health care services needed in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) in the United States.  Here is more information about this program:

http://www.globalhealth.gov/global-programs-and-initiatives/exchange-visitor-program/index.html

3)   &  The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is administered in the 13 states in the Appalachian region.  The ARC includes all of West Virginia and parts of 12 other states:  Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.  The links below for each state provide information about that state’s program.  Here is general information:

http://www.arc.gov/j1visawaiver

4)   &nbbsp; The Delta Doctors program is administered in parts of eight states:  Alabama Arkansas Illinois Kentucky Louisiana Mississippi Missouri and Tennessee  Information about most of these state programs is in the links below.  Click here is general information about tthe Delta Doctors program.

Below is a link for each state, including individual state contact information.  In addition, the U.S. State Department maintains a list of state contacts.  Should the state website not be clear about the contact person for that state, you may wish to consult this list:

http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/info/info_1292.html

STATE BY STATEE SUMMARY OF J-1 Waiver Programs

Alabama

Alabama has two main J-1 Waiver programs, the Conrad State 30 program and the Appalachian Regional Commission.  Here is information on these programs:

http://adph.org/ruralhealth/index.asp?id=882 

Alabama also partticipates in the Delta Doctor program through the Delta Regional Authority:

http://www.dra.gov/about-us/eight-state-map.aspx

Alaska

Here is information on Alaska’s Conrad-30 program:

http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dhcs/Healthplanning/workforce/assets/akPandP.pdf

Arizona >

Here is information on Arizona’s Conrad-30 program:

http://azdhs.gov/hsd/visa_waiver.htm

Arkansas<//p>

Here is information on the Arkansas Conrad-30 program:

http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programsServices/hsLicensingRegulation/HealthFacilityServices/Pages/J-1WaiverProgram.aspx  

Arkansas also particiipates in the Delta Doctors Program of the Delta Regional Authority:

http://www.dra.gov/delta-doctors/default.aspx

California

Here is information on California's Conrad-30 program:

http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/rural/Pages/J-1VisaWaiver.aspx

Colorado <</p>

Here is information on Colorado's Conrad-30 program:

http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CDPHE-PSD/CBON/1251631636597

Connecticut

Here is information on Connecticut's Conrad-30 program:

http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3121&q=453806

Delaware <</p>

Here is information on Delaware’s Conrad-30 program:

http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/hsm/j1visahome.html

Florida

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Here is information on Florida’s Conrad-30 program:

http://www.doh.state.fl.us/Workforce/recruit1/Waivers.html

Georgia

<<p>Georgia’s administers two programs, the Conrad-30 and the Appalachian Regional Commission programs.  Both receive applications year-round.  Here is information:

http://dch.georgia.gov/georgias-j-1-visa-waiver-program

Hawaii

HHere is information about Hawaii’s Conrad-30 program:

http://hawaii.gov/health/family-child-health/rural-health/j1visa.html

Idaho

Heree is information on Idaho’s Conrad-30 program:

http://www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Health/RuralHealthandPrimaryCare/J1VisaWaiverNationalInterestWaiver/tabid/413/Default.aspx

Illinois

Herre is information on the Illinois Conrad-30 program:

http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/rural_health/rural_home.htm

Illinois also participates in the Dellta Doctor program through the Delta Regional Authority:

http://www.dra.gov/delta-doctors/

Indiana

Heree is information on Indiana's Conrad-30 program:

http://www.indianapca.org/programs/j1waiver.html

Iowa

Here iss information on Iowa's Conrad-30 program:

http://www.idph.state.ia.us/OHDS/RuralHealthPrimaryCare.aspx?prog=RHPC&pg=PCO

Kansas

Here is information on the Kansas Conrad-30 program:

http://www.kdheks.gov/olrh/j-1visa_waiver_overview.htm

Kentucky

Kenntucky participates in three programs—the Conrad-30, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Delta Regional Authority programs.  Here is information on the Conrad-30 and ARC programs:

http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/info/dpqi/ky+j1+visa+waiver+program.htm

Here is information on the Delta Doctorr program through the Delta Regional Authority:

http://www.dra.gov/delta-doctors/

Louisiana

Heree is information on Louisiana's Conrad-30 program:

http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/792

Louisiana also participates in the Deltta Doctor program through the Delta Regional Authority:

http://www.dra.gov/delta-doctors/

Maine

Here is information on Maine’s Conrad-30 program:

http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/local-public-health/orhpc/j1.shtml

Maryland

Below iis information on Maryland's Conrad-30 program.  Maryland also participates in the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) program.

http://fha.dhmh.maryland.gov/ohpp/SitePages/pco-j1visa.aspx

Massachusetts

Heere is information on the Massachusetts program:

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/provider/guidelines-resources/services-planning/workforce-development/workforce-help/j1/

Michigan

Here iss information on Michigan's Conrad-30 program:

http://www.mimom.org/mi_conrad_30.php

Minnesota

Here iis information on Minnesota’s Conrad-30 program:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/orhpc/workforce/j1/index.html

Mississippi

Mississsippi has a Conrad-30 program, an Appalachian Regional Commission program, and a Delta Regional Authority program.  Here is information about the Conrad-30 and ARC programs:

http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite/_static/44,0,112,181.html

Here is information about the Delta Doctor program through the Delta Regional Authority:

http://www.dra.gov/delta-doctors/

Missouri

Here is iinformation on Missouri’s Conrad-30 program:

http://health.mo.gov/living/families/primarycare/j1visa/index.php

Missouri is also a member of the Delta Regionnal Authority, which administers the Delta Doctor program:

http://www.dra.gov/delta-doctors/

Montana

Here is infoormation on Montana’s Conrad 30 program:

http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/primarycare/

Nebraska

Here is inforrmation on Nebraska’s Conrad 30 program:

http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/hew_orh_j1.aspx

Nevada

Here is informatioon on Nevada’s Conrad 30 program:

http://health.nv.gov/PrimaryCare_Conrad_J-1.htm

New Hampshire

Here is inforrmation on New Hampshire’s Conrad 30 program:

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/bchs/rhpc/visa.htm

New Jersey

Here is informatioon about New Jersey’s Conrad 30 program:

http://www.state.nj.us/health/fhs/j1/index.shtml

New Mexico

Here is information about New Mexico’s Conrad 30 program:

http://nmhealth.org/PHD/OPRH.shtml

New York

Here is information on NNew York’s Conrad 30 program:

http://www.health.ny.gov/professionals/j-1_visa_waivers/

North Carolina

For information abouut North Carolina’s Conrad 30 and Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) programs, contact the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.  Here is contact information:

http://www.ncdhhs.gov/orhcc/recruitment/medical.htm

North Dakota

Here is information abouut North Dakota’s Conrad 30 program:

http://www.ndhealth.gov/pco/

Ohio

Here is information on Ohio’s Conrrad-30 and Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) programs:

http://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhPrograms/chss/PCRH_Programs/recruitment/jvisa.aspx

Oklahoma

Here is Oklahoma’s Conrad 30 proogram contact:

http://www.ok.gov/health/Community_Health/Community_Development_Service/Primary_Care_&_Rural_Health_Development/Oklahoma_Volunteer_Charitable_Healthcare_Provider_Program/index.html

Here is Oklahoma’s Conrad 30 application:

http://www.oumedicine.com/docs/college-of-medicine-workfiles/com-visa_waiver_request.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Oregon

Here is information about Oregon’s Connrad 30 program:

http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/OHPR/PCO/index.shtml#Physician_Visa_Waiver_Program

Pennsylvania

For information on Pennsylvania’s Conrad-30 and Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) programs, click here.

Rhode Island

Here is information on Rhode Islandd’s Conrad-30 program:

http://www.health.ri.gov/programs/physicianvisawaiver/index.php

South Carolina

Below is information on South Caroliina’s Conrad-30 program.  South Carolina also participates in the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) program.

http://www.dhec.sc.gov/health/opc/j1.htm

South Dakota

Here is information on South Dakota’s Coonrad-30 program:

http://doh.sd.gov/RuralHealth/J1.aspx  

Tennessee

Below is information on Tennesseee’s Conrad-30 program.  Tennessee also participates in the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) program.

http://health.state.tn.us/rural/j1visa0.html

Texas

Here is information on the Texas Conrad-30 program::

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/chpr/j1info.shtm

Utah

Here is information on Utah’s Conrad-30 program:

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http://health.utah.gov/primarycare/employment.html

Vermont

Here is information on Vermont’s Conrad-30 program::

http://healthvermont.gov/rural/visa.aspx

Virginia

Below is information on Virginia’s Conrad-30 programm.  Virginia also participates in the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) program.

http://www.vdh.state.va.us/healthpolicy/primarycare/incentives/j1visa/index.htm

Washington

Here is information on the State of Washington's Connrad-30 program:

http://www.doh.wa.gov/PublicHealthandHealthcareProviders/RuralHealth/HealthProfessionalSupportPrograms/J1VisaWaiverProgram.aspx

West Virginia

West Virginia participates in the Conrad-30 and AAppalachian Regional Commission programs.  Here is information:

http://www.wvochs.org/dr/j-1.aspx

Wisconsin

Here is information on Wisconsin’s Conrad-30 program::

http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/health/PrimaryCare/J-1Visa/description.htm

Wyoming

Here is information on Wyoming’s Conrad-30 program:

<<p>http://www.health.wyo.gov/rfhd/rural/Primary_Care_Office.html

J-1 Visa Waivers for Physicians to Work in Medically Underserved Areas

A J-1 exchange visa holder who received graduate medical education or training in the U.S. (a J-1 medical doctor) is generally ineligible to apply for a Green Card or nonimmigrant visa unless he or she resides in his or her home country for at least two years upon completion of the J-1 exchange visitor program.  This requirement of returning to home country (to be more precise, the country of last permanent residence at the time of obtaining the J-1 classification/visa) is referred to as “Home Residency Requirement,” (“HRR,”) and is also known as the 212(e) requirement, based upon the section of the law that contains it.<<dfn title="Immigration and Naturalization Service (now called USCIS) ">/p>

This two-year HRR can be waived through four methods [three for Foreign Medical Graduates (“FMG’s”)].  We are highlighting here the most commonly used waiver options used by FMG’s. 

The most commonly used waiver options rely upon an FMG’s undertaking to serve a certain amount of time in a designated medical facility or area.  Information on each state’s programs is below.

Here is general information about the J-1 Visa program:

http://www.immigration.com/visa/j-1j-2-visa

The applyying physician must begin the process with the U.S. Department of State and obtain a case number.  Here is the website for beginning the process and obtaining a case number:

https://j1visawaiverrecommendation.state.gov/

The applyying physician needs to have employment lined up to participate in the program and agree to begin employment at the health care facility within 90 days of receipt of the waiver, not the date his or her J-1 visa expires.  The employment offer needs to be for full-time employment in H-1B nonimmigrant status at a health care facility located in an area designated by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), Medically Underserved Area (MUA), or Medically Underserved Population (MUP). 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services maintains a database of openings in shortage areas:

http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/shortage/shortageareas/index.html

In additiion, there is another national database of available placements for this and similar programs, the 3RNet website, from which those interested should check “Search Only Health Professional Shortage Areas – HPSAs” in order to search rural areas that are eligible for the program:

https://www.3rnet.org/opportunities/

The applicant mmust obtain a “no objection” letter from his or her home country if the home government funded his or her exchange program.

The four most commonly used programs are as follows:

1)     The largest program is the Conrad-30 J-1 Waiver program.  Each state is entitled to 30 waivers per year.  Below are links to each state’s Conrad-30 program. 

 

2)     The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) manages health the research and clinical care portion of the U.S. Exchange Visitor Program.  This program accepts applications for two types of waivers--research performed in an area of priority or significant interest to the agency, and

health care services needed in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) in the United States.  Here is more information about this program:

 

http://www.globalhealth.gov/global-programs-and-initiatives/exchange-visitor-program/index.html

 

3)&nbspp;    The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is administered in the 13 states in the Appalachian region.  The ARC includes all of West Virginia and parts of 12 other states:  Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.  The links below for each state provide information about that state’s program.  Here is general information:

http://www.arc.gov/j1visawaiver

4)   &nbbsp; The Delta Doctors program is administered in parts of eight states:  Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.  Information about most of these state programs is in the links below.  Here is general information about the Delta Doctors program:

 

http://www.dra.gov/delta-doctors/default.aspx

 

Below is a link for each state, including individual state contact information.  In addition, the U.S. State Department maintains a list of state contacts.  Should the state website not be clear about the contact person for that state, you may wish to consult this list:

 

http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/info/info_1292.html

STATE BY STATE SUMMARY OF J-1 Waiver Programs

Alabama

Alabama has two main J-1 Waiver programs, the Conrad State 30 program and the Appalachian Regional Commission.  Alabama also participates in the Delta Regional Authority’s Delta Doctors program.  Here is information on Alabama’s programs:

http://adph.org/ruralhealth/index.asp?id=882 

Alaska

Here is information on Alaska’s Conrad-30 program:

http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dhcs/Healthplanning/workforce/assets/akPandP.pdf

Arizona

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The 2012 deadline for applications for Arizona’s Conrad-30 program was June 15, 2012.  Here is information for next year’s program:

http://azdhs.gov/hsd/visa_waiver.htm

Arkansas

>The deadline for Arkansas’s Conrad-30 program is September 15, 2012.  Here is information:

http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programsServices/hsLicensingRegulation/HealthFacilityServices/Pages/J-1WaiverProgram.aspxansas   

Arkansas also particippates in the Delta Doctors Program of the Delta Regional Authority:

http://www.dra.gov/delta-doctors/apply.aspx?print=true

California

The deadline for Conrad-30 applications to California is September 30, 2012.  Here is information:

http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/rural/Pages/J-1VisaWaiver.aspx

Colorado

CColorado accepts Conrad-30 applications until it has filled the 30 slots.  Here is information:

http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/pp/primarycare/img/j1.html

Connecticut

<<p>The Connecticut Conrad-30 deadline of April 1 is extended if all 30 slots have not been filled.  Here is information:

http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3121&q=453806

Delaware

DDelaware’s Conrad-30 June 30 deadline is extended if all 30 slots have not been filled.  Here is information:

http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/hsm/j1visahome.html

Florida

Florrida’s Conrad-30 deadline for fiscal year 2013, which starts October 1, 2013, is November, 2012.  Here is information:

http://www.doh.state.fl.us/Workforce/recruit1/Waivers.html

Georgia

Georgiia’s administers two programs, the Conrad-30 and the Appalachian Regional Commission programs.  Both receive applications year-round.  Here is information:

http://dch.georgia.gov/00/article/0,2086,31446711_40949889_154114565,00.htm

Hawaii

Here is iinformation about Hawaii’s Conrad-30 program:

http://hawaii.gov/health/family-child-health/rural-health/j1visa.html

Idaho

Here is infoormation on Idaho’s Conrad-30 program:

http://www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Health/RuralHealthandPrimaryCare/J1VisaWaiverNationalInterestWaiver/tabid/413/Default.aspx

Illinois

Here is infformation about the Illinois Conrad-30 program:

http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/rural_health/rural_home.htm

Indiana

The Indiana Conrad-30 program is closed for 2012.  Here is information for next year:

http://www.indianapca.org/programs/j1waiver.html

Iowa

Iowa receives CConrad-30 applications until the program is full.  Here is information:

http://www.idph.state.ia.us/hpcdp/primary_care.asp

Kansas

As of July, KKansas had several Conrad-30 slots still available.  Here is information:

http://www.kdheks.gov/olrh/j-1visa_waiver_overview.htm

Kentucky

Kentucky paarticipates in three programs—the Conrad-30, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Delta Regional Authority programs.  Here is information:

http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/info/dpqi/ky+j1+visa+waiver+program.htm

Louisiana

Louisiana reeceives Conrad-30 applications until all slots are full.  Here is information:

http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/792

Maine

Here is informattion on Maine’s Conrad-30 program:

http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/local-public-health/orhpc/j1.shtml

Maryland

Maryland has fiilled its Conrad-30 slots for 2012, but is compiling a waiting list.  Here is information:

http://fha.dhmh.maryland.gov/ohpp/SitePages/pco-j1visa.aspx

Massachusetts

Here is innformation on the Massachusetts program:

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/provider/guidelines-resources/services-planning/workforce-development/workforce-help/j1/

Michigan

Michigan is sennding out Conrad-30 applications for next year:

http://www.mimom.org/mi_conrad_30.php

Minnesota

Here is informmation on Minnesota’s Conrad-30 program:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/orhpc/workforce/j1/index.html

Mississippi

Mississippi haas a Conrad-30 program, an Appalachian Regional Commission program, and a Delta Regional
Authority program.  Here is information:

http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite/_static/44,0,112,181.html

Missouri

Here is informatiion on Missouri’s Conrad-30 program:

http://health.mo.gov/living/families/primarycare/j1visa/index.php

Missouri is also a member of the Delta Regional Authoority, which administers the Delta Doctor program:

http://www.dra.gov/delta-doctors/

Montana

Here is information on Montana’s Conrad 30 program:

http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/primarycare/

Nebraska

Here is information oon Nebraska’s Conrad 30 program:

http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/hew_orh_j1.aspx

Nevada

Here is information on Nevvada’s Conrad 30 program:

http://health.nv.gov/PrimaryCare_Conrad_J-1.htm

New Hampshire

Here is information oon New Hampshire’s Conrad 30 program:

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/bchs/rhpc/visa.htm

New Jersey

Here is information about New Jersey’s Conrad 30 program:

http://www.state.nj.us/health/fhs/j1/index.shtml

New Mexico

Here is information about Neew Mexico’s Conrad 30 program:

http://nmhealth.org/PHD/OPRH.shtml

New York

This year’s deadline for New Yorrk’s Conrad 30 program has passed.  2013 applications are now being accepted.  Here is information:

http://www.health.ny.gov/professionals/j-1_visa_waivers/

North Carolina

For information about North Caarolina’s Conrad 30 program, contact the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.  Here is contact information:

http://www.ncdhhs.gov/orhcc/recruitment/medical.htm

North Dakota

Here is information about North Daakota’s Conrad 30 program:

http://www.ndhealth.gov/pco/

Ohio

Here is information on Ohio’s Conrad 30 proggram:

http://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhPrograms/chss/PCRH_Programs/recruitment/jvisa.aspx

Oklahoma

Here is Oklahoma’s Conrad 30 program contaact:

http://www.ok.gov/health/Community_Health/Community_Development_Service/Primary_Care_&_Rural_Health_Development/Oklahoma_Volunteer_Charitable_Healthcare_Provider_Program/index.html

Here is Oklahoma’s Conrad 30 application:

http://www.oumedicine.com/docs/college-of-medicine-workfiles/com-visa_waiver_request.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Oregon

Here is information about Oregon’s Conrad 30 proogram:

http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/OHPR/PCO/index.shtml#Physician_Visa_Waiver_Program

Pennsylvania

Here is information on Pennsylvania’s Conradd-30 program:

State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program Policy 8-1-11.pdf

Rhode Island

Here is information on Rhode Island’s Conrad-330 program:

http://www.health.ri.gov/programs/physicianvisawaiver/index.php

South Carolina

Here is information on South Carolina’s Conradd-30 program:

http://www.dhec.sc.gov/health/opc/j1.htm

South Dakota

Here is information on South Dakota’s Conrad-30 prrogram:

http://doh.sd.gov/RuralHealth/J1.aspx  

Tennessee

Here is information on Tennessee’s Conrad-330 program:

http://health.state.tn.us/rural/j1visa0.html

Texas

Texas does not have any Conrad-30 slots available this year, but is accepting applications for 2013.  Here is information:

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/chpr/j1info.shtm

Utah

Here is information on Utah’s Conrad-30 program:

http://health.utah.gov/primarycare/employment.html

Vermont

Here is information on Vermont’s Conrad-30 program:

http://healthvermont.gov/rural/programs.aspx

Virginia

Virginia’s slots in this year’s Conrad-30 program are full, annd will begin accepting applications for next year on October 1.  Here is information:

http://www.vdh.state.va.us/healthpolicy/primarycare/incentives/j1visa/index.htm

Washington

The State of Washington may still have slots available for this year’s Conrad-30 program.  Here is information:

http://www.doh.wa.gov/PublicHealthandHealthcareProviders/RuralHealth/HealthProfessionalSupportPrograms/J1VisaWaiverProgram.aspx

West Virginia

West Virginia participates in the Conrad-30 and Appalachian Reggional Commission programs.  Here is information:

http://www.wvochs.org/dr/j-1.aspx

Wisconsin

Here is information on Wisconsin’s Conrad-30 program:

http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/health/PrimaryCare/J_1Visa/index.htm

Wyoming

Here is information on Wyoming’s Conrad-30 program:

http://www.health.wyo.gov/rfhd/rural/Primary_Care_Office.html

Guestbook Entry for Sanjeev , United States

Name: 
Sanjeev
State: 
Virginia
Country: 
United States
Comment: 

It was a real pleasure interacting with Rajiv Khanna, albeit for a short period.  We were looking for immigration information for a highly qualified physician relative in India.  He was very knowledgeable, of course.  But, the most distinguishing element was his honesty and forthrightness.  He gave me excellent feedback, laying out clearly the pros and cons of different alternatives and the likelihood for success.  His recommendation was to not proceed, which I totally agree with, although it meant lost fees for him and his firm.  If anyone is looking for an honest, straightforward, knowledgeable immigration lawyer, based on my experience, I would not hesitate to recommend Rajiv.

Posted on: 
24th May, 2012

Case type: Physician's NIW/Complex facts

Category: National Interest Waiver, Physicians
Status: Green card approved

Our client recently received his green card after a long journey with USCIS. He approached us following a denial of his I-140 (NIW, physician in medically underserved area). The applicant had filed the I-140 and I-485 and then moved to a different state while the applications were pending. There had been no action on the file for 2 years. He submitted a service request with USCIS requesting a status update. USCIS issued a Request for Evidence shortly after the applicant’s move, which was sent to the original address and ultimately returned undelivered. USCIS issued the denial based on the applicant’s employment in a new medically underserved area not identified in the initial petition. Applicant had submitted Form AR11 with USCIS noting his move to another state.

We submitted an MTR/Appeal explaining the law and noting that the applicant had moved following his completion of his J-1 waiver 3-year requirement and had a valid Employment Authorization Document to work for the new employer.  We also submitted an Amended I-140 Petition, which reflected employment with the new employer. We provided verification of his completion of 3 years of medical service (J1 period) and documentation to show current full-time employmet  We provided verification of his completion of 3 years of medical service (J1 period) plus documentation to show current full-time employment with several rural clinics as well as a private practice. The MTR was granted and the Amended I-140 was approved following a Request for Evidence.  USCIS asked for further verification of the health professional shortage area of the various clinics as they were located in several different counties. Due to the unique employment arrangement of the applicant as a contractor for the clinics, USCIS required additional employment verification. Ultimately the I-140 was approved. Following that, his green card (I-485) was also approved.

DISCLAIMER: PAST APPROVAL OF A CASE IS NOT A GUARANTEE OR PREDICTION REGARDING THE OUTCOME OF FUTURE CASES. CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE.

Guestbook Entry for K.R.Shankaran, United States

Name: 
K.R.Shankaran
State: 
Mississippi
Country: 
United States
Comment: 

Mr. Rajiv Khanna is the best immigration lawyer that I have ever worked with. He has dealt with in a kind, compassionate, and professional way the numerous queries I asked him. His advise to me was invaluable and I strongly recommend him to any one who has an immigration issue. K.R.Shankaran Brandon

Posted on: 
31st Oct, 2011

Guestbook Entry for radfellow, United States

Name: 
radfellow
State: 
MA
Country: 
United States
Comment: 

I am a physician, in the US for about 2 years now. I wanted to get the sense whether now is a good time for me to file for GC.  I discussed my case with Rajiv over the phone. He was very straightforward and advised me against filing for the green card right now. He pointed out specific weaknesses in my case and made recommendations for improvement.   I keep hearing that some lawyers will file your case irrespective of what your chances are, as long as they are getting paid. I think highly of Rajiv because he offered to discuss my case despite having a good idea that he was going to reccommend against filing. I would prefer having someone like him as my attorney when I eventually file for GC.

Posted on: 
19th Jul, 2011
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