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

What is the Texas Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program?

The Texas Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program administers the Conrad 30 Waiver Program for Texas. The Conrad 30 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 the waiver, IMGs must serve in designated health professional shortage areas (HPSAs), medically underserved areas (MUAs), or medically underserved populations (MUPs) for three years. The program in Texas further restricts which HPSAs, MUAs, and MUPs are eligible. Please read the program policy in Texas Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program Policy Manual for more information about eligible areas and how the Texas program prioritizes applications. We have updated eligibility criteria and our prioritization policy for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2020.

How do I apply to the Texas Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program?

Please read the Texas Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program Policy Manual for instructions. This manual describes the application process and provides a checklist of items to include in your application.

When can I apply to the Texas Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program?

You can apply during the annual application cycle. The next application cycle is from September 3, 2019 through September 16, 2019 for FFY2020. The program is full for FFY2019.

How much does it cost to apply to the Texas Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program?

The application fee for FFY2020 is $3000.

Where can I work?

Please read the Texas Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program Policy Manual for information on which areas are eligible, as not all HPSAs and MUAs are eligible. We have updated the eligibility criteria for FFY2020, including criteria for MUAs. We are currently in the process of reviewing and updating MUAs, which may affect the eligibility of certain MUAs for FFY2020. No MUPs are eligible. You may contact our office to verify a specific location. The following links provide listings of federally designated HPSAs and MUAs:

HPSAs: https://data.hrsa.gov/tools/shortage-area/hpsa-find

MUAs: https://data.hrsa.gov/tools/shortage-area/mua-find

You may also find the federal Health Resources and Services Administration’s Health Workforce Connector to be a useful resource as you consider potential positions.

Are there other J-1 visa waiver programs?

Yes, another option for physicians seeking to practice in Texas is the federal Department of Health and Human Services J-1 Waiver Program.

How do I request a National Interest Waiver letter?

Please email your request to Conrad30@dshs.texas.gov. Please include the following items in your email:

  • Physician’s full name
  • Practice name
  • Practice address
  • Practice county
  • Physician’s specialty
  • Date J-1 visa waiver was approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (if applicable)
  • Date the physician began or will begin service to the area
  • Name and address to whom you would like the letter addressed
  • If you want a hard copy of the letter, the name and address to whom we should send the letter 

How do I contact the Texas Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program?

You may email us at Conrad30@dshs.texas.gov.



Last updated June 18, 2019