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Iowa J-1 Visa Waiver Program

Iowa Department of Health and Human Services, Iowa State Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
Oct 27, 2023

Cristie Duric

Kevin Wooddell


The Iowa State Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program offers a J-1 Visa waiver to foreign physicians who commit to serving for 3 years in an underserved area of Iowa, waiving the foreign medical residency requirement and allowing them to remain in the United States.

The program is intended to provide physician services in areas which typically have difficulty attracting and retaining physicians.


Eligible physician specialties include:

  • Family practice
  • General internal medicine
  • Obstetrics/gynecology
  • General pediatrics
  • Geriatrics
  • Mental healthcare:
    • General psychiatry
    • Geriatric psychiatry
    • Child/adolescent psychiatry
    • Substance use disorders
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

This is an incentive program that offers foreign physicians a visa waiver, allowing them to work in the U.S.

Application process

Links to application instructions and additional guidance are available on the program website.

Completed applications should be mailed to:

Iowa Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public Health
J-1 Visa Waiver Program
321 E 12th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319

Waiver request applications are accepted annually beginning the first Tuesday in September and concluding the last Friday in October. Waiver request packages received after the last Friday in October will be considered only if all 30 slots are not already filled.

Tagged as
Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · J-1 Visa Waiver · Maternal health and prenatal care · Physicians · Primary care · Substance use and misuse · Iowa

Organizations (2)

  • Iowa Department of Health and Human Services, view details
  • Iowa State Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, view details

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