Connecticut Conrad 30 / J-1 Visa Waiver Program


The Conrad 30 State Program was developed in an effort to address physician shortage in health professional shortage areas. Each state is allowed 30 J-1 Visa Waiver requests for IMG Physicians who wish to waive their 2 year home country residency requirement and practice in the United States in a HPSA for at least 3 years.
The State of Connecticut designates underserved areas as either Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA); Medically Underserved Ares (MUA), and Medically Underserved Populations (MUP). HPSA’s are designations that indicate health care provider shortages in primary care, dental health; or mental health. MUA’s are these areas of a geographic location, whereas MUP’s are underserved populations.
The underlying objective of these waivers is to recruit physicians into communities where medical services are in short supply. Physicians benefiting from these waivers must provide clinical services to a specific community for at least three years.  Connecticut makes no distinction between primary care physicians and specialty physicians.

Timeline and Application Process

The Department will accept delivery of paper and e-mailed PDF applications beginning at 8:00 A.M. EDT on October 1st 2019 through October 15th, 2019 at 5:00 P.M. EDT. An application is considered complete when two copies of the application, with at least one copy being the original paper application, is received by the deadline via hand delivery, email, or other delivery method. All original applications and copies must be delivered to the following physical and email addresses:
Ruonan Wang
Connecticut Department of Public Health
Public Health Systems Improvement
Primary Care Office
410 Capitol Avenue, MS#13PHSI
Hartford, Connecticut 06134-0308
Phone: (860) 509-0857

If the Department receives fewer than thirty (30) complete applications permitted under federal law, the department shall post a notice on its Internet website that it will continue to receive applications until April 1st of the same federal fiscal year, or until the number of applications deemed complete reaches the maximum permitted under federal law, whichever occurs first. Any applications received after October 15th under this section shall be evaluated by the department in the order of their receipt. If the Department receives thirty (30) or fewer complete applications deemed complete in accordance with section 19a-2a-26 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies, all of the applications may be recommended to the Director of the United States Department of State Waiver Review Division (“Director”).  

If the Department receives greater than thirty (30) complete applications in accordance with section19a-2a-26 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies, all qualifying applications will be entered into a lottery system to randomly select thirty (30) applications for recommendation to the Director. The Department will conduct the lottery at a later date which will be posted on the Department website. The public is welcome to attend the lottery drawing.

The Department will recommend applications to the Director as described in section 19a-2a-26 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.


Revised 09/26/2019