Texas Primary Care Office (TPCO) - Texas Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program

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We begin accepting applications for the FY 2015 year cycle on September 3rd, 2014.

Information about the Texas Conrad 30 and the J-1 Visa Waiver Program are in the Policy Manual. Also included in the manual is information on Federal Statutes, State Statutes, Department of State Health Services Rules, and the Department of State Applicant Check-list.

Reading and understanding both the Policy Manual and Responsibilities and Rights are a requirement for all employers and physicians.

The application fee is $2,500.00 for the 2015 year cycle.

Please click here to access the policy manual.

Please click here to access the Responsibilities and Rights.

Click here to view a Power Point Presentation for Training into Practice for J-1 Visa physicians. (optional)

 

Shortage Area Eligibility Requirements
for the 2015-Year Cycle

Primary Care:
Eligible areas are limited to: Geographic Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) with "automatic" facility HPSA designation.

Psychiatrist:

Eligible areas are limited to: Geographic Mental Health, Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) with "automatic" facility HPSA designation.

Areas that are not eligible for Primary Care and Psychiatry physician waivers include: population based HPSAs, Medically Underserved Areas or Populations (MUAs, MUPs), or facility HPSAs. RHCs that do not have an “automatic” facility HPSA designation are also not eligible. 

Sub specialist:
Eligible areas are limited to: Geographic Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), and FQHCs and RHCs with "automatic" facility HPSA designation. ADDITIONALLY: Sub specialists may also be eligible for a waiver if they work in Geographic Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs.)

Areas that are not eligible include: population based HPSAs, Medically Underserved Population areas (MUPs), or facility HPSAs. (RHCs that do not have an “automatic” facility HPSA designation are also not eligible).

Please contact the TPCO at TexasPCO@dshs.state.tx.us for verification that the location identified in the Conrad 30 Waiver Application meets these requirements, before you submit an application.

Federally Designated HPSAs and MUAs

For a listing of federally designated HPSAs and MUAs, please click on the links below:

HPSA: http://hpsafind.hrsa.gov/
MUA:
http://muafind.hrsa.gov/

Another option for primary care physicians in Texas is the Department of Health and Human Services J-1 Waiver Program.

How do I find a J-1 visa waiver job in Texas?

» The first thing to keep in mind when looking for a qualified job opportunity is the Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) and Medically Underserved Area (MUA) designation status.

» Not all HPSA’s and MUA’s meet the requirements for the Texas Conrad 30 program.

» Contact our office to find out the eligibility status of specific HPSAs and MUA’s.

» Look for regions of the state that would suit your preference for climate, access to schools, recreation etc…

» Once you have some idea which regions interest you and which counties are available, use trade publications, recruiters, and/or the "AHA Guide to the Health Care Field" published by the American Hospital Association to help locate opportunities in your specialty.

If you have any questions about the Conrad 30 program, please contact this office at (512) 776-7518, and ask for Clay Daniel or Connie Berry.

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Last updated January 23, 2014