J-1 Visa Waiver Program

NEW - Application Submission Procedure, Effective July 3, 2018

Starting on October 1, 2018, at 8:00 a.m., the Department of Public Health will accept hand-delivered J1 Waiver application materials in the rear entrance of the Connecticut Department of Public Health located at 410 Capitol Avenue in Hartford, Connecticut, 06106.  No more than one application per person will be accepted at a time from an applicant or applicant’s attorney (must show power of attorney).  Any attorney filing more than one application will only be allowed to do so if he/she appears with his/her client. 

Only physician applicants and their attorneys will be permitted to wait in line. The Department will not accept applications from applicants or attorneys who have other persons hold a place in the waiting line on their behalf.  No one may stand in the waiting line before October 1, 2018 at 7:00 a.m.


Please do not enter the building at any other entrance than as indicated above. 


There will be a DPH staff person with a numbered sign in sheet in the rear entrance of the building.  Individuals delivering applications will be requested to enter their information onto the sign in sheet and will be handed a corresponding card with the number assigned.  Department staff will meet with individuals in the order that the individual signed in.  Please note that it is NOT possible that an individual may be dropping off multiple applications, except as indicated above. 


When Department staff meet with an individual and receive an application, Department staff will assign a number to the application being delivered in the order that it is received.  Applications will not be reviewed for completeness at the time the application is hand delivered. 


The Department will review the applications in the order that they are received.  If an applicant is not licensed or an application is incomplete at the time of the Department’s review, the application will be skipped and the next application will be reviewed.  Once 30 complete applications have been identified in the order received, those 30 will be referred to the United States Department of State recommending a waiver of the two year home residency requirement.


Applications received by U.S. Mail, Federal Express, United Parcel Service or other similar service or received in any fashion other than as specified above will not be accepted or considered and will be returned to sender.


Program Requirements


The Connecticut Department of Public Health participates in the J-1 Visa waiver program, also known as the “Conrad State 30” program.  Under this program the Department may recommend up to 30 applications per federal fiscal year for waiver of the two-year home residency requirement pursuant to Section 220 of Public Law 103-416 and the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.  The Connecticut licensed physician must commit to provide medical services in a setting located in an underserved area for 40 hours per week for at least 3 years. 


Each application submitted prior to April 1 of each fiscal year shall be taken in order of submission if deemed complete, thereafter if the total number of applications has not reached 30, applications shall be considered in order of submission and may include applications for a physician or surgeon who (1) agrees to practice medicine in a setting that is located in a geographic area designated by the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services as having a shortage of health care professionals; or (2) agrees to practice medicine in a setting that serves patients who reside in one or more geographic areas designated by the Secretary as having a shortage of health care professionals without regard  to whether such facility is located within such designated area.


10 of the 30 requests may be for physicians who will provide medical services in a setting not located in a designated area but serves patients who live within a designated health care professional shortage area. 


Please select a link below for documentation requirements for applying for the waiver: