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The J-1 Visa Waiver Process

 
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The following is important information pertaining to Mississippi's Conrad State 30 and ARC J-1 visa waiver application processes. Please be certain to thoroughly read the J-1 Visa Waiver Guidelines and Application and refer to the U.S. Department of State's website for additional specific instructions regarding submission.

Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Program

  • Health care facilities/sites interested in employing J-1 Visa Waiver physicians must submit written correspondence to the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care requesting the J-1 Visa Application Packet and requesting that a "Site Predetermination" be conducted.
  • Information on currently designated health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) for primary medical care or mental health recommendations will be provided upon request.
  • Medical facilities located in those counties which are a part of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) are not eligible to recruit primary care J-1 Physicians through this Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program. Primary Care includes: family practice, general practice, general pediatrics, obstetrics, and general internal medicine. The ARC J-1 Visa Waiver Program must be used by these facilities located in those counties which are a part of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to recruit primary care providers. However, those facilities can recruit psychiatrists and specialists under this Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program.
  • A non-refundable processing fee of $1,500.00 is required to process a Mississippi Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Application. A check or money order from the sponsoring facility should be payable to the Mississippi State Department of Health and submitted with the completed Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Application. No complete Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Application will be processed without payment of the processing fee.
  • The U.S. Department of State requires that the J-1 Visa Waiver Data Sheet be submitted to the appropriate address contained in the Department's policies, along with their user processing fee identified on the U.S. Department of State website and two self-addressed, stamped, legal-size envelopes. The U.S. Department of State will assign a USIA file number. This USIA file number must be placed on each page of the Mississippi Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Application. The US Department of State's mailing address is included in this packet.

    U.S. Department of State Website for forms: travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/forms/forms_1342.html

    For status inquiries on a waiver application, call 202-633-1600.

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) J-1 Visa Program

  • Health care facilities/sites interested in employing an ARC J-1 Visa Waiver physician must submit written correspondence to the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care requesting the Application Packet and requesting that a "Site Predetermination" to be conducted.
  • Information on currently designated health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) for primary medical care or mental health recommendations will be provided upon request. Medical facilities located in the counties which are a part of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) are eligible to recruit primary care J-1 Physicians through this ARC J-1 Visa Waiver Program. Primary Care includes: family practice, general practice, general pediatrics, obstetrics, general internal medicine, or psychiatry. Medical facilities located in those counties which are a part of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) may only recruit psychiatrists and specialists under the Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Program.
  • The U.S. Department of State requires that the J-1 Visa Waiver Data Sheet be submitted to the appropriate address contained in the Department's policies, along with their user processing fee and two self-addressed, stamped, legal-size envelopes. The U.S. Department of State will assign a USIA file number. This USIA file number must be placed on each page of the ARC J-1 Visa Waiver Application. The Department of State's mailing address is included in this packet. The data sheet is available at their website. Information regarding this requirement can be found at the U.S. Department of State website at travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/forms/forms_1342.html.
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Last reviewed on Sep 1, 2016
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