HEALTH AND SAFETY
IDAHO CONRAD J-1 VISA WAIVER AND NATIONAL INTEREST WAIVER PROGRAMS
39-6107. Applied principles. (1) Option of last resort. The J-1 visa waiver and national interest waiver programs are considered a final source for recruiting qualified physicians. These programs are not a substitute for broad recruiting efforts for graduates from United States medical schools, but an option of last resort. Any application that qualifies for consideration under any other interested government agency or federal program, such as the one administered by the department of health and human services, must be submitted under that program in lieu of the J-1 visa waiver program. The option of last resort principle does not apply to national interest waiver petitioning physicians for whom a J-1 visa waiver request was issued by the state of Idaho; in which case, physician retention is the objective if it is determined to be in the public interest.
(2) Waiver request applications will only be considered for health care facilities that can provide evidence of sustained active recruitment over a period of at least six (6) months for the physician vacancy in the practice location. The six (6) month vacancy requirement does not apply to a national interest waiver petitioning physician for whom a J-1 visa waiver request was issued by the state of Idaho.
(3) The J-1 visa waiver program and national interest waiver program will be used to assist health care facilities that can document the provision of health care services to all residents of the federally determined area of underservice. When a federal designation is for an underserved population, the health care facility must document the provision of care to, and assure access by, the underserved population.
[39-6107, added 2004, ch. 128, sec. 1, p. 440; am. 2009, ch. 106, sec. 7, p. 328; am. 2017, ch. 72, sec. 4, p. 174.]