Pub.L. 111-9; 123 STAT. 989 (March 20, 2009)


Congress extended the Conrad State 30 Program until September 30, 2009.

Under this program, a U.S. state's department of public health or its equivalent may recommend waivers of the INA 212(e) two-year home residence requirement for foreign medical graduates who have obtained graduate medical education or training in the U.S., if the FMG agrees to practice "primary care or specialty medicine" for three years in an area designated by HHS as having a shortage of health care professionals. Each U.S. state is eligible for up to 30 waivers per year, up to five of which can be issued to physicians who practice medicine in areas not designated by HHS as having a shortage of health care professionals, but who do practice in facilities that serve patients who reside in such areas.