J-1 Physician Waivers in Pennsylvania: Change in Processing Times

October 2012Alerts Health Law Alert

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced that it has changed the Pennsylvania rules regarding the J-1 Physician Waiver Program. DOH has established three filing periods, that could result in the Conrad 30 numbers being assigned earlier in the fiscal year.

With this in mind, if you are in need of an additional physician, and believe there is a chance that you may end up offering employment to a foreign national physician who is in need of a J-1 Waiver, it is best to conduct your recruitment with the DOH's waiver processing dates in mind. Below is a summary from DOH:

REVISED – Pennsylvania State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program Policy & Application Review Schedule

The policy and application review schedule for State Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program has been revised. Details can be found in the Revised State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program Policy.

Effective immediately, the following schedule will be followed for application review and support:

Initial Application Period: September 30 - December 15

  • All complete applications submitted during this period will be reviewed.
  • Successful applicants will be notified of waiver support on or before January 10.
  • This will include applications for specialty physicians and Flex 10 slots.

Second Application Period: January 1 - June 1

  • All complete applications submitted during this period will be reviewed.
  • Successful applicants will be notified of waiver support on or before July 10.
  • This will include applications for specialty physicians and Flex 10 slots.

Final Application Period: July 1 - September 15

  • All complete applications submitted during this period will be reviewed.
  • Successful applicants will be notified of waiver support on or before September 30.
  • This will include applications for specialty physicians and Flex 10 slots.

If you have questions about this Alert, please contact Catherine Wadhwani or any member of Fox Rothschild’s health law practice.

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