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There are limited options for the J1 IMG waiver:
1. Government Agency such as VA; ARC; DHHS,
2. FQHC ;
3. Conrad 30.
Since your employer does not fall under any of the qualifying government programs, is not in a designated HPSA/MUA to qualify for Conrad 30 (verify this at https://datawarehouse.hrsa.gov/tools/analyzers/hpsafind.aspx ) and is not a FQHC they cannot file for a waiver for you.
You are using the right language. This link will help you with that http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/about-ama/our-people/member-groups-sections/international-medical-graduates/practicing-medicine/immigration-information-imgs.page
One of the best J1 waiver lawyers is giving a seminar in San Francisco this month
You are correct that applying for a Conrad 30 waiver in TX is almost like applying for the lottery. The application period opens October 1st (today) and by the end of next week they will have more than 30 qualifying applications so the rest of the applications are returned.
So you do not fall into the big picture other than having to return to Canada and do 2 years there since you are only allowed a maximum of 7 years under ECFMG J1 program. Between your internship and residency you are close to that I would assume.
Frankly, you are a bit late in the game planning. Most J1 docs have already lined up their options and have a Conrad 30 application prepared and in the mail today.
There may be some options open for you in other areas that do not fill as fast but are far less desirable locations such as the Dakotas, Alabama, West VA and other rural southern HPSA areas.
There may also be the option for you with the VA since you are in geriatric medicine and baby boomers are filling VA facilities now.
Jan, the attorney who is giving the seminar is tied into a huge network of J1 waiver qualified entities both through ARC; VA and other private entities. She has been doing J1 waivers for 35+ years and is a mover and shaker in having the regulations amended to be more favorable for J1 docs, including H1B stumbling blocks when they were subject to the lottery. She was part of a group of immigration lawyers who got these regs changed.
So If you can make it to her Seminar and have a free consultation with you you can consider yourself very lucky because it is hard to get a consultation with her even for $500.
At this point it looks to me like you are running out of gas with regards ***** ***** and you need to work fast to find a position. To do this you need a lawyer who is tied into the J1 doc waiver circle. I have retired but back in the day, entities would come to me looking for doctor referrals and would take my docs before a unsolicited resume in the stack.
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