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Conrad 30 Physician J-1 Visa Waiver and Religious Worker Visa Programs Extended by Congress

Both the senate and house passed legislation extending the Conrad 30 visa waiver program for foreign medical graduates (FMGs) for an additional five (5) years or until 2013. The house approved the extensions on September 27, 2008. The senate had approved the same measure on September 26, 2008. Both measures were due to expire to expire October 1, 2008.

For physician J-1 visa holders and their employers, this extension permits continued sponsorships for those J-1 physicians who agree to work in an area designated as a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) for 3 years to receive a waiver of the 2-year foreign residency requirement.

For religious workers and their employers, this approval permits continued visa sponsorships for foreign workers who wish to enter or remain in the United States as religious workers.

 

TEXT OF BILL EXTENDING J-1 WAIVER PROGRAM

 

To extend for 5 years the program relating to waiver of the foreign country residence requirement with respect to international medical graduates, and for other purposes. (Engrossed as Agreed to or Passed by House)

 

HR 5571 EH

110th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5571

AN ACT

To extend for 5 years the program relating to waiver of the foreign country residence requirement with respect to international medical graduates, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. EXTENSION OF WAIVER PROGRAM.

Section 220(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Technical Corrections Act of 1994 (8 U.S.C. 1182 note) is amended by striking `June 1, 2008' and inserting `June 1, 2013'.

SEC. 2. EXPANDING THE FLEXIBILITY OF THE CONRAD STATE 30 PROGRAM.

Section 214(l)(1)(D)(ii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1184(l)(1)(D)(ii)) is amended by striking `5' and inserting `10'.

SEC. 3. SENSE OF CONGRESS.

It is the sense of the Congress that--

(1) Federal programs waiving the 2-year foreign residence requirement under section 212(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1182(e)) for physicians are generally designed to promote the delivery of critically needed medical services to people in the United States lacking adequate access to physician care; and

(2) when determining the qualification of a location for designation as a health professional shortage area, the Secretary of Health and Human Services should consider the needs of vulnerable populations in low-income and impoverished communities, communities with high infant mortality rates, and communities exhibiting other signs of a lack of necessary physician services.

Passed the House of Representatives May 21, 2008.

Attest:

Clerk.

 

110th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5571

AN ACT

To extend for 5 years the program relating to waiver of the foreign country residence requirement with respect to international medical graduates, and for other purposes.