Connecticut Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program

Announcement for FY2021 Application Cycle: The Commissioner of the Department of Public Health has reserved a total of three waiver recommendations for the FY2021 Conrad 30 application cycle in accordance with section 19a-2a-26(g) of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies as follows: two (2) application slots for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and one (1) application slot for Geriatric Medicine.


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 will accept delivery of applications between 8:00 A.M. EST, October 1, 2020 through 5:00 P.M. EST, October 15, 2020.

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

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) 509-8057
E-mail copies shall be sent

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, 2021, or until the number of applications deemed complete reaches the maximum permitted under federal law, whichever occurs first. Any applications received after October 15, 2020 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 06/01/2020