HEALTH AND SAFETY
IDAHO CONRAD J-1 VISA WAIVER AND NATIONAL INTEREST WAIVER PROGRAMS
39-6102. Purpose. Under this chapter, rural and underserved communities in Idaho would be able to apply for the placement of a foreign trained physician after demonstrating that they are unable to recruit an American physician, and all other recruitment/placement possibilities have proven to be inaccessible.
(1) The "Idaho Conrad J-1 Visa Waiver Program" authorizes the Idaho department of health and welfare to recommend up to thirty (30) foreign trained physicians per federal fiscal year to locate in communities that are federally designated as having a health workforce shortage. No more than ten (10) of thirty (30) recommendations may be for physician specialists other than pediatrics, internal medicine, family medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, psychiatry or general surgery. Applications for specialists must demonstrate a need for the type of specialty held by the petitioning physician. Final approval of J-1 visa waiver requests are made by the United States bureau of citizenship and immigration services.
(2) Provided health care organizations located in federally designated shortage areas do not utilize the full annual allocation of J-1 visa waivers, the department will accept no more than ten (10) waiver applications six (6) months after the beginning of each federal fiscal year for petitioning J-1 visa waiver physicians to work in areas without a federal shortage area designation. The practice and petitioning physician must serve patients who reside in federally designated areas of underservice. The maximum number of flex waiver applications available to specialists is limited to no more than five (5) per federal fiscal year.
(3) The "National Interest Waiver Program" allows the Idaho department of health and welfare to testify that it is in the public’s interest that a waiver be granted to a foreign trained physician who commits to locating in a community that is federally determined as having a health workforce shortage. Final approval of the national interest waiver request is made by the United States bureau of citizenship and immigration services.
[39-6102, added 2004, ch. 128, sec. 1, p. 437; am. 2009, ch. 106, sec. 3, p. 326; am. 2017, ch. 72, sec. 1, p. 171.]