Connecticut Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program
February 10, 2021 Announcement for FY2021 Application Cycle: Pursuant to Sections 19a-2a-24 to 19a-2a-26 (inclusive) of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies, the Department of Public Health has received and deemed complete the maximum number of applications for the Conrad State 30/J-1 Visa Waiver program. No further applications are being accepted for the FY 2021 Application Cycle.
October 16, 2020 Announcement for FY2021 Application Cycle: Pursuant to Section 19a-2a-26(i) of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies, the Department of Public Health will continue to receive applications for the FY2021 Conrad 30 application cycle until April 1, 2021 or until the number of applications deemed complete reaches the maximum permitted under federal law, whichever occurs first. Applications received under this section shall be evaluated by the Department in the order of their receipt. Any applications received and deemed complete before April 1, 2021 made by applicants seeking a waiver under Section 19a-2a-26(b)(1) shall take precedence over applicants seeking a waiver under Section 19a-2a-26b(b)(2) of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.
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:
Connecticut Department of Public Health
Public Health Systems Improvement
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.
- Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies §19a-2a-24 to §19a-2a-26
- Application Packet
- Shortage Designation Verification
- U.S. Department of State
- FY2020 Results
- The live lottery drawing took place on Monday, November 4, 2019 from 12:00 PM EST to 1:00PM 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 GoToWebinar, 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