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J-1 Visa Wavier/Conrad 30 Program

The J-1, exchange visitors classification, is authorized for those who intend to participate in an approved program to expand their education and training in the United States. J-1 medical doctors may apply for a waiver of the 2-year residence requirement upon completion of the J-1 exchange visitor program.

The Conrad 30 Waiver Program allows each state to recommend up to 30 physicians to receive a waiver of the 2-year home residence requirement in exchange for a commitment of 3-years of service in an underserved area. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) acts as the Interested Governmental Agency (IGA) for the Michigan State Conrad 30 Program and may sponsor up to 30 waiver applications each fiscal year for qualified J-1 Visa physicians.

The application cycle begins on the first business day in September and closes on the first business day of November of any given cycle year. For information regarding the status of available slots after the November application period, please contact Megan Linton at


For More Information Contact

Paige Recker
Access to Rural Care Manager