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The Office of Primary Care & Rural Health Development

Oklahoma Conrad 30 (J-1 Visa) Waiver Review and Recommendation Process for the State of Oklahoma

The State of Oklahoma is committed to assisting all residents of Oklahoma to having access to quality, affordable health care.  Therefore, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is prepared to consider recommending a waiver of the foreign residence requirement on behalf of physicians holding J-1 visas under certain conditions.  

The OSDH policy is completely discretionary, voluntary and may be modified or terminated at any time.  The submission of a complete waiver package to OSDH does not ensure that the applicant will receive a waiver.  In all instances, OSDH reserves the right to recommend or decline any request for a waiver.

A waiver request to the OSDH must come from an Oklahoma health care facility (clinic or hospital) on behalf of a J-1 physician and not directly from a J-1 physician.  

Description of the Waiver Review Process

Request for a waiver of the foreign residence requirement must be made by a local health care facility (clinic or hospital) directly to the OSDH, Office of Primary Care (PCO).  Upon request, an information packet will be sent detailing the information/documentation that is required.  

Only 30 waivers can be granted per state per year.  Each case file will be assigned a priority number.  The non shortage area requested applications (up to 10 of the 30) will be reviewed in the same manner as other applications.  

If OSDH decides to recommend a waiver, the application and letter of support will be sent to the U.S. Department of State.  The representative on the G-28 form and the sponsoring employer will be notified when the application is sent (usually within two (2) weeks of receipt of the application packet).  

The U.S. Department of State will check with the organization that issued the IAP-66 "Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status," bringing the person into the United States.  If that organization has no objections to the person being granted the waiver and the case has all the necessary documentation, the U.S. Department of State will forward the package to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) with a favorable recommendation.  The USCIS will inform the requestor and the OSDH of its decision.  

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Contact Information
Espaniola Bowen, BS, MCJA, M.Ed
Director
Office of Primary Care & Rural Health Development
1000 NE 10th Street, Room 516
Oklahoma City 73117-1299
Phone:  405/271-8427
Cell:  405/312-0521
Fax:  405/271-1225
E-mail:  espab@health.ok.gov

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