J-1 Physician Visa Waiver Program

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and the Montana Primary Care Office are committed to improving access to primary medical and mental health care by participating in the U.S. Department of State Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver program.  Foreign medical graduates may apply for a J-1 visa waiver with a commitment to work in a healthcare shortage area. 

The State of Montana can recommend up to thirty (30) visa waivers each year for primary care physicians or psychiatrists. A maximum of ten (10) flex positions are available to specialty care physicians. Preference is given to physicians working in primary care such as Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Psychiatry. Additional preference is given to physicians completing a residency program in the State of Montana. The J-1 visa waiver program application cycle runs from October to September each year.

 The J-1 physician must agree to work at a health facility in a designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or Medically Underserved Area/Population (MUA/P) for three (3) years on a full-time basis, no less than 40 hours a week, and begin working within 90 days of receiving the J-1 visa waiver.  Visa waiver recommendations are reviewed by the Montana Primary Care Office and forwarded to the U.S. Department of State.

Montana J-1 Visa Waiver Application.

Download 2022/2023 NIW Application

2023-2024 Application Cycle
October 1, 2023 -
September 30, 2024
Primary Care 5 5
Specialists 5 4
Total J-1 Recommendations 9
National Interest Waiver Letters of Support                                      1


Contact information:

Montana Primary Care Office

Family and Community Health Bureau

1625 11th Avenue | PO Box 4210

Helena, MT 59620

(406) 444-3934