Unless extended by Congress, the Conrad State 30 Program will expire on December 9, 2016. The Conrad 30 program is run by state health departments and allows medical doctors on J-1 visas to apply for a waiver of the two-year home residence requirement (INA Section 212(e)) upon completion of the J-1 exchange visitor program. The Department of State (DOS) Review Division will not accept state health department Conrad 30 waiver recommendations for J-1 physicians who entered the U.S. with J-1 visas or were granted J-1 status after December 8, 2016. Applicants who entered or were granted J-1 status on or before December 8, 2016, may still apply for a waiver. Congress has consistently extended the Conrad 30 program and will likely do so again.
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