The New York Times reports that already interested doctors and medical professionals were further drawn to a job fair in New York in order to work in medically underserved areas and consequently waive their J-1 visa two year home residency requirement. Thus, most of the doctors who attended the job fair had originally come to the United States on a J-1 visa. As some are bound to the terms of the J-1 “exchange visa” that necessitates them to return to the country they immigrated from for a period of two years, these doctors are interested in obtaining a J-1 Conrad Waiver that will safeguard their position to continue practicing in the United States. The aforementioned job fair, then, became somewhat geared toward matching suitable doctors to specific hospitals by the Greater New York Hospital Association. Nevertheless, a paramount concern of these individuals remained acquiring a visa. It also became interesting to note that these individuals all came from different parts of the world and would be subject to different unfavorable circumstances had they become forced to return back to the country they came from.
The full New York Times article may be viewed at: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/01/nyregion/01doctor.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=Towns%20Need%20Doctors,%20and%20Doctors%20Need%20Visas&st=cse&oref=slogin