Texas Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program

Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program - TPCO

The Texas Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program Office administers the Conrad 30 Waiver Program  for Texas. The Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program allows each state’s department of health to recommend up to 30 international medical graduates (IMGs) each year for a waiver of the J-1 visa requirement to return to the IMG’s home country for two years. In order to receive a waiver, IMGs must serve in designated health professional shortage areas (HPSAs), medically underserved areas (MUAs), or medically underserved populations (MUPs) for three years.  The Texas Conrad 30 Waiver Program Policy Manual outlines eligibility and ranking criteria, and is updated annually.


How to Apply

Applications for FFY 2024 year will be accepted from September 5, 2023 - September 19, 2023.  

Submit the following documents: 

Place in the following order, separated by a colored divider page, and appropriately labeled with the name of the document behind it. Do not include any documents not listed below: 

  1. Data Sheet DS-3035  

  2. Employment Contract*  - Signed and dated by the physician and the head of the health care facility. It must include: 
    1. A statement that the physician will provide patient care for a minimum of 40 hours per week for three years at the eligible site or sites 

    2. A statement that any amendments to the contract will adhere to state and federal J-1 visa waiver requirements

    3. A statement by the physician agreeing to meet the requirements set forth in Section 214(l) of the Immigration and Nationality Act 

    4. A statement that termination can only be for cause, not mutual agreement 

    5. A statement that indicates the physician will begin working within 90 days of receiving the waiver and employment authorization from USCIS 

    6. The physician’s field of practice

    7. The physician’s salary, which can be no less than the prevailing wage 

    8. A list of benefits and insurance offered to the physician 

    9. The estimated schedule of direct patient care hours per week (at each practice site if practicing at more than one location) 

    10. The amount of leave granted to the physician 

    11. The clinic name or contact name, address, and telephone number for each practice site 

                    The employment contract cannot include:  

                        •   A non-compete clause  

                        •    A liquidated damages clause  

                         •   A remedies clause  

  1. IAP-66/DS-2019 Forms – Please include copies of all forms issued to the applicant  

  1. Letter from facility – Please ensure the letter indicates a desire to hire the applicant and is on official letterhead  

  1. Evidence of shortage designation status  

  1. No objection statement from the applicant’s country of nationality or last residence – if applicable  

  1. Curriculum vitae  

  1. Explanation for out of status – if the applicant spent any period of time in some other visa status, out of status, or outside of the US  

  1. Form G-28 or letterhead from the law office – if applicant has an attorney  

  2. Document with the applicant’s Texas medical license number (or verification that physician has applied for a Texas medical license), NPI number, and permanent email address

  3. If the practice site is in a population-based HPSA, verification email from Program that the site is eligible

  4. $3000 Application fee via check made out to  Texas Department of State Health Services

*Note: If the employment contract contains a non-solicitation clause, the program will review the non-solicitation clause on a case-by-case basis. 

View the current Policy Manual for more details. 

Send applications via UPS, USPS, or FedEx to the mailing address below:

Texas Department of State Health Services
Cash Receipts Branch, MC 2003, J1
1100 West 49th Street
Austin, TX 78756

We cannot accept hand-delivered applications.

Frequently Asked Questions