The House of Representatives has passed
a bill by voice vote authorizing a five year extension of the Conrad 30 J-1 physician waiver
program as well as a doubling of FLEX slots to 10 per state from the
current five. The Senate then needs to
pass a bill and to the extent there are differences, the two must agree
and then re-vote on the compromise language.

This is good news for doctors and the communities they serve, but it's also a hopeful sign that immigration legislation can, in fact, move in Congress.