A Call to Action: Support Neurology Now!

important bill before us senate: more waiver spots for nebraska!

Join us in a pivotal movement to advocate for better access to neurologists in Nebraska by reaching out to your local senators. Your voice matters!

Why Advocate for Neurologists?

The Impact of Your Advocacy

More than 30% of all neurologists in the country are international medical school graduates.  In Nebraska, 70% of our neurology trainees are IMGs.  Many of these trainees do not stay to practice in NE due to limited availability of J1 waiver flex spots, which would allow them to practice outside of a technically “underserved” area.

The Conrad 30 program permits international medical graduates (IMGs) on J-1 visas to waive the requirement to return to their country of origin for two-years following their training, provided they practice for 3 years in an underserved area. 

The proposed legislation not only would increase the number of Conrad 30 waivers to 35 per state but also would waive the geographical restriction of an underserved area.  This means more of our graduates would be able to immediately start their practice in Nebraska in their location of choice!  

conrad state 30 and Physician Access Reauthorization Act

Conrad State 30 and Physician Access Reauthorization Act  (S.665/H.R.4942)

  • This bill modifies the Conrad 30 Waiver program, which incentivizes qualified foreign physicians to serve in underserved communities. It also extends statutory authority for the program for three years from this bill’s enactment.
  • Aliens coming to the United States under a J-1 nonimmigrant visa to receive medical training typically must leave the country and reside for two years abroad before being eligible to apply for an immigrant visa or permanent residence. The Conrad program waives this requirement for individuals who meet certain qualifications, including serving for a number of years at a health care facility in an underserved area.
  • The bill increases the number of waivers that a state may obtain each fiscal year from 30 to 35 if a certain number of waivers were used the previous year, and provides for further adjustments depending on demand.
  • An alien physician may be employed at an academic medical center to meet the Conrad program’s employment requirements if the alien’s work is in the public interest, even if the medical center is not in an underserved area.
  • Employment contracts for alien physicians under the Conrad program shall contain certain information, such as the maximum number of on-call hours per week the physician shall have to work.
  • Certain alien physicians (along with the physician’s spouse and children) shall be exempt from the direct annual numerical limits on immigration, including those physicians that have met certain requirements related to visas for physicians to serve in underserved areas.

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