States are accepting Conrad 30 Waiver applications for fiscal year 2009
The deadline for many Conrad 30 waivers is approaching. For instance Texas will begin accepting Conrad 30 waiver applications on September 3, 2008, while California will accept applications on October 1, 2008. Only thirty (30) waivers may be granted per federal fiscal year (October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009 for California). With the exception of last year Texas had over 30 applications on first day of filing, for the last couple of years. Therefore, it is advantageous to file your application as soon as possible.
Timing is Everything
As with many things in life, timing is paramount. First, if you are considering a J-1 waiver, you should consider which city and state you would like to work in. You may contact me at email@example.com if you have questions regarding individual state requirements and filing deadlines. After determining where you would like to work you can determine the state’s filing deadline.
Physicians interested in applying for a J-1 waiver should start preparing their J-1 waiver application now. Many states allow new J-1 Waiver applications at the beginning of the fiscal year as discussed earlier. With this in mind, it is advantageous for physicians to commence preparation of the J-1 waiver application in their third year of residency or one year before their residency ends. Planning well in advance of your graduation is paramount because of the following:
- Licensing – You should ensure that you obtain the appropriate state license in order to obtain your license before your J-1 visa expires. Submission of your state license is a requirement for filing the H-1B application. (when applying for your license you should apply for the type of license that does not expire. If your license has an expiration date USCIS may grant your H-1B visa up until the date your license expires.)
- No objection letter– If you received funding from your home government, you will need to obtain a no objection letter. Depending on your home government, it may anywhere from a few months to a year or longer to obtain this document.
- Prevailing Wage Requirements – The prevailing wage as set forth by the Department of Labor, must be paid to the physician working in H-1B status. After you find an employer, you should confirm that the employer is willing to pay the prevailing wage. For instance, the prevailing wage for a Level II psychiatrist in Central California is $117,333 a year. The employer must pay the prevailing wage in order to meet H-1B requirements.
Letters of recommendation – Some J-1 waiver Conrad 30 programs require letters of recommendation and it may take a couple of months to obtain appropriate letters.