December 22, 2021 – Commissioner’s order: Out of state licensed providers should read this memo from DPH Commissioner Manisha Juthani, MD and note the list of professions authorized by the Commissioner’s order

Connecticut Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program

FY2022 Application Cycle: 


FY 2022 Lottery Notification

The Connecticut Conrad State 30 / J-1 Visa Waiver Program has received more than 30 J-1 Visa waiver applications from physician applicants for FY 2022. Pursuant to § 19a-2a-26(f) of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies, the Department of Public Health conducted a lottery to assign rank to all complete applications in order to determine which applications will be forwarded to the U.S. Department of State Waiver Review Division.

  • FY2021 Results
    • The live lottery drawing took place on Monday, November 29, 2021 from 9:00 AM EST to 10:00AM EST in DPH's 3rd Floor Hearing Room at 410 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06134
    • The public was able to observe the proceedings in person or via Zoom video conferencing, a recording of which can be viewed here
    • The Excel spreadsheet used to record the order in which all applicants were selected during the lottery is available here
    • Other Documents:



Overview of Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program

The Connecticut Primary Care Office (PCO) administers the Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program which allows each state’s department of health to recommend up to thirty (30) international medical graduates (IMGs) each year for a waiver of the J-1 visa requirement to return to the IMG’s home country for two (2) years. In order to receive the waiver, IMGs must agree to serve in designated health professional shortage areas (HPSAs), medically underserved areas (MUAs), or medically underserved populations (MUPs) for three (3) years. The Connecticut program makes no distinction between physician applicants’ specialties.

The PCO measures access to primary medical, dental, and mental health care by evaluating provider and population data for the designation of Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA/Ps) across the state. Through this process and the Conrad 30 program, the PCO seeks to improve the allocation of resources to the areas of greatest need.

Timeline and Application Process

The application process requires submission of both a hard copy and an e-mailed PDF copy of the application by the established deadline. The Department accepted delivery of applications between 8:00 A.M. EST, October 1, 2021 through 5:00 P.M. EST, October 15, 2021The department is no longer accepting applications for FY 2022 application cycle.

All hard copy original applications must be delivered to the following address:

Connecticut Department of Public Health
Public Health Systems Improvement
Primary Care Office
410 Capitol Avenue, MS#13PHSI
Hartford, Connecticut 06134-0308
Phone: (860) 509-8057
E-mail copies shall be sent to:

If the Department receives fewer than thirty (30) applications deemed complete, the department shall post a notice on its Internet website that it will continue to receive applications until April 1, 2022, or until the number of applications deemed complete reaches the maximum permitted under federal law, whichever occurs first. Any applications received after October 15, 2021 under this section shall be evaluated by the department in the order of their receipt. If the Department receives thirty (30) or fewer applications deemed complete in accordance with §19a-2a-26 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies, all of the applications deemed complete 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) applications deemed complete in accordance with §19a-2a-26 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies, all applications deemed complete 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 §19a-2a-26 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.


Revised: 12/03/2021