In the latest Weekly Wright Report:
- J-1 Physician Waiver: 2022-23 Waiver Filing Season
J-1 Physician Waiver: 2022-23 Waiver Filing Season
By: Jan Pederson
A whole new world of opportunity for J-1 waiver physicians opened up during mid-July 2022, increasing the supply of waiver jobs available to J-1 Physicians. The Southeast Crescent Regional Commission, a United States federal agency, announced it will accept J-1 waiver applications from prospective employers for eligible employment in its jurisdiction, which includes all of Florida, and most of Georgia, and portions of South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Mississippi and Alabama. A list of the SCRC counties can be found here.
Employers from Florida are particularly jubilant as historically, the Florida Conrad State 30 J-1 Physician Waiver program has received sixty or more applications for their thirty slots each year, thus resulting in uncertainty about approval of a J-1 waiver. All federal J-1 physician clinical waiver programs are open year-round and are permitted to grant an unlimited number of waivers to qualifying applicants. The SCRCC will accept applications for all medical specialties; good news for subspecialists, and the job offered must be full-time and be located in a medically underserved area (HPSA or MUA/P). There are other requirements as well.
Many states still have waiver slots available for this year, for physicians who have not yet located a waiver job and all federal J-1 waiver agencies are always accepting qualifying applications. Those agencies include the Appalachian Regional Commission; the Delta Regional Authority; Health and Human Services (primary care and hospitalists only); and the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission.
We have updated our comprehensive guide for J-1 Physicians which can be accessed here.
Most Conrad State 30 Programs open on October 1st of each year, although several states open earlier including Georgia (August 1); Iowa (September 1); Texas (September); Michigan (September 1); New Mexico (September 1); Pennsylvania; Virginia (September 1). States have different application protocols; from application periods to first come-first serve; and slot reservations. Please schedule a consultation with Jan Pederson to discuss employer and physician options.
Jan is one of the leading immigration attorneys in America, having been recognized for her outstanding client representation and advocacy with various awards. She has represented thousands of professionals and their employers in navigating the work permit waters. She is a frequent speaker on immigration topics and shares her knowledge through Webinars, Podcasts, YouTube and Facebook.