Apply for the Conrad 30 / J-1 Visa Waiver Program

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.
All 30 slots have been allotted for the 2018 visa waiver cycle. Applications for both primary care and specialist positions are accepted from October 1 through December 31 each year.

Health Care Workforce Center

The Details

What you need

A Case File Number
DPH will only review completed applications that have an established case file number.

  • Prior to application for a J-1 visa waiver, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) requires that the physician/applicant complete an online application for a J-1 waiver recommendation (Form DS-3053)
  • Completing the application online will reserve a case file number for your application and generate a bar coded data sheet which is required in order to process your J-1Visa Waiver recommendation application.
  • This case file number must appear on every page of the application packet submitted to DPH.

How to apply

Submit the required application documents to the Massachusetts Health Care Workforce Center.
Required documents and forms are outlined in the Massachusetts Conrad 30 / J-1 Visa Waiver Program Policy.

  • A checklist of the necessary items, and the order in which the packet should be compiled, is included as an appendix in the Massachusetts Conrad 30 / J-1 Visa Waiver Program Policy.
  • Submit one (1) original and one (1) copy of the entire waiver request package to:

Nicole Watson, Recruitment & Retention Program Coordinator
Health Care Workforce Center
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA  02108-4619

Next steps

Application packet and support letter is sent to the U.S. Department of State

After a careful review and scoring of all application materials, DPH will make a decision on supporting a physician for a J-1 waiver.

  • Applicants supported by DPH, will have their entire application packet, including the support letter, sent by DPH to the U.S. DOS.  A copy of the support letter will also be sent to the J-1 physician, the employer, and the legal representative as appropriate.
  • Once the application is sent to U.S. DOS, DPH will have no additional information regarding the status of a candidate unless a specific issue or question arises from the U.S. DOS. 
  • Candidates can check their status at the U.S. DOS.
  • Physicians must also obtain an H-1B visa in order to begin employment. DPH plays no role in this part of the process.


Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 250 Washington Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02108-4619


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