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Resources by Topic: J-1 Visa Waiver

The Effectiveness of Policies to Improve Primary Care Access for Underserved Populations: An Assessment of the Literature
Review of research literature to assess whether policy initiatives targeting primary care access for rural and underserved populations has been effective in reducing healthcare disparities. Initiatives considered include availability, accessibility, accommodation, affordability, and acceptability.
Additional links: Fact Sheet: Alleviating Structural Barriers to Obtaining Primary Care Services, Fact Sheet: Bringing Outpatient Clinics into Communities, Fact Sheet: Ensuring Comfort and Communication in the Delivery of Primary Care Services, Fact Sheet: Increasing the Availability of Primary Care Clinicians, Fact Sheet: Removing Financial Barriers to Primary Care
Author(s): Maanasa Kona, Megan Houston, Nia Gooding
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Milbank Memorial Fund
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Nebraska J1 Visa Waiver Program 2001-2020
Describes J-1 visa waiver applications that the state of Nebraska has sponsored since 2001. Provides 2001-2020 data on provider service obligation fulfillment and retention. Includes J-1 visa approvals by county, specialty, and metropolitan versus nonmetropolitan setting.
Author(s): Thomas Rauner, Anna Headlee
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services: Division of Public Health
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Oregon J-1 Physician Placements by City: 2002-2019
Details the number and location by city of J-1 visa physician placements in the state of Oregon from 2002 to 2019.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oregon Health Authority
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Oregon J-1 Physician Placements by City Within Each County: 2002-2019
Details the number and location by city and county of J-1 visa physician placements in the state of Oregon from 2002 to 2019.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oregon Health Authority
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Oregon J-1 Physician Placements by County: 2002-2019
Details the number and location by county of J-1 visa physician placements in the state of Oregon from 2002 to 2019.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oregon Health Authority
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Temporary Policy Changes for Certain Foreign Medical Graduates During the COVID-19 National Emergency
Policy memorandum offering guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers in regard to H-1B foreign medical graduates who received a waiver of the 2-year foreign residence requirement through practicing medicine in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Provides information on assessment of full-time work requirements for these physicians during the pandemic, and outlines circumstances in which they are allowed to offer telehealth services.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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Immigrant Doctors Can Help Lower Physician Shortages in Rural America
Report highlighting physician shortages in rural areas and exploring pathways by which immigrants come to practice in those areas. Provides recommendations for state and federal policies that would better incorporate immigrant doctors into the effort to ease healthcare shortages in rural areas. Includes statistics on the number and percentage of International Medical Graduates who were resident physicians in the United States in 2017, with breakdowns by citizenship or visa status.
Author(s): Silva Mathema
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for American Progress
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Conrad 30 Waivers for Physicians on J-1 Visas: State Policies, Practices, and Perspectives
Examines state Conrad 30 programs' goals, policies, and practices for recruiting and retaining non-U.S. citizen international medical graduates on J-1 visas. Includes information from Conrad 30 program websites and interviews with program staff in 32 states, with a focus on use of the program to support physician workforce for rural communities.
Author(s): Davis G. Patterson, Gina Keppel, Susan M. Skillman
Date: 03/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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Recruitment of Non-U.S. Citizen Physicians to Rural and Underserved Areas through Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Programs
Collects and analyzes information from states to recognize national trends in J-1 Visa Waivers and recruitment of international medical graduates to provide care to rural and underserved areas.
Date: 04/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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FMG/ J1 Visa Waiver Physicians
National Rural Health Association's policy brief describing their position on Foreign Medical Graduates (FMGs) seeking a waiver for their J1 Visa.
Author(s): Jerry Coopey, Susan Frazier, Chris Felton, Jonathan Wade, Vicki Weidenbacher-Hoper.
Date: 02/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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