• April 6, 2016 Update

    The Massachusetts J1/Conrad-30 Visa Waiver program has slots available for this 2015-2016

    J1 Visa Waiver year. Applications for these slots are due by or before Monday, May 2, 2016.

    Please note that this is a firm deadline. Applications received after the May 2, 2016 will not be accepted.

    The review and notification of support for these applications is anticipated to be made by mid-June 2016.

    Applications that were received after the January deadline, and those applications that were not supported in the first review, will be considered in the May review.

    Information Previously Posted

    Massachusetts Conrad-30 / J1 Visa Waiver Program

    The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (The Department) through the Conrad-30/J-1 Visa Waiver Program, supports employment requests for J-1 visa physicians in sites that have a history of serving the state’s medically underserved populations. The Massachusetts J-1 Visa Waiver Program is implemented in accordance with its authority under Section 214(l) of the Immigration Nationality Act, to assist physician recruitment by supporting J-1 visa waiver requests from health care facilities located in federally designated underserved areas.

    The Massachusetts J-1 Visa Waiver Program is administered by the Health Care Workforce Center.

    Application Deadlines

    • October 1 – December 31: Applications are accepted October 1 – December 31
      Note that for 2015-2016 Visa Waiver Year applications will be accepted through January 2016
    • March 1: Notification of Department support status is sent by or before March 1.
      Note that for 2015-2016, due to extension of deadline notifications will be sent by April 8, 2016. If the department has not received sufficient number of supportable applications, the application process will be reopened in Mid-April. Please watch this space for additional information.

    If slots remain available a second review will be held in March. *In future years Flex applications will typically be considered in March if there are slots available. Flex applications received from areas that meet certain state needs will be considered on a case by case basis.

    • April
      Note that for 2015-2016, if additional slots are available, the application process will be noted in Mid-April with applications due the first of May.

    Priority Designations

    • Priority Physicians: Primary care providers continue to be a priority for Massachusetts, although applications for both primary care and specialist positions are accepted. Primary Care is interpreted to include internal medicine, pediatrics, family practice, obstetrics-gynecology, geriatrics, and psychiatry
    • Specialty physician applications must have documentation of the wait times for specialty care along with other noted data shortages. The program policy document provides application detail
    • Priority Sites: Community Health Centers and hospitals with federally qualifying disproportionate share percentages or other measure of high utilization by underserved populations receive priority
    • Priority Geographic Locations: Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) – locations where the PCP to population ratio is 1:3500 or greater, such as western and central portions of the Massachusetts – remains a priority workforce need for the Commonwealth

    Additional Information

    • Other program highlights follow. Please refer to the policy document for details.

    Specialist physician applications must include data on wait time for non-emergency patient visits, documentation of the physician shortage for this specialty fellowship in the community. See the policy document for additional notes on required data

    Specialist and Flex applications should describe how the served population will benefit by placing that physician

    Flex Applications*: The Conrad legislation authorizes up to ten (10) Flex slots to place physicians in practice sites not located in a federally designated shortage area if the facility serves patients who reside in one or more federally designated shortage areas. The Massachusetts J-1 Visa Program will require that the facility provide documentation that greater than 30% of the patients served by the site are located in federal shortage areas, poverty levels, disparate health outcomes, or note of significant immigrant or elderly populations or substance abuse data.

    *In future years Flex applications will typically be considered in March if there are slots available. Flex applications received from areas that meet certain state needs will be considered on a case by case basis.

    • A payor mix breakdown must be included in the application. The payor mix indicates both the agency payor mix breakdown and that of the physician who is or will be practicing at the site.

    An application review form which will be used to guide review of Massachusetts Conrad-30 / J1 Visa Waiver applications will be posted in the coming month.

    Reference the policy document for full details about the program (see clickable icons below).

    J-1 Visa Waiver Policies  pdf format of J-1 Visa Waiver Policies
doc format of                             J-1 Visa Waiver Policies

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