Senate Bill 948
116th Congress(2019-2020)
Conrad State 30 and Physician Access Reauthorization Act
Introduced
Introduced
Introduced in Senate on Mar 28, 2019
Overview
Text
Introduced
Mar 28, 2019
Latest Action
Mar 28, 2019
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
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Bill Number
948
Congress
116
Policy Area
Immigration
Immigration
Primary focus of measure is administration of immigration and naturalization matters; immigration enforcement procedures; refugees and asylum policies; travel and residence documentation; foreign labor; benefits for immigrants. Measures concerning smuggling and trafficking of persons may fall under Crime and Law Enforcement policy area. Measures concerning refugees may fall under International Affairs policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
Minnesota
Mississippi
Kentucky
Delaware
Minnesota
Delaware
Missouri
North Dakota
Oregon
South Dakota
Wisconsin
No Senate votes have been held for this bill.
Summary

Conrad State 30 and Physician Access Reauthorization Act

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 through FY2021.

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.

Text (1)
March 28, 2019
Actions (2)
03/28/2019
Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
03/28/2019
Introduced in Senate
Public Record
Created
Mar 29, 2019 4:42:18 AM
Updated
Jun 11, 2021 9:58:33 PM