Passport & Consular Services

How to Apply for a Waiver Request of the Two-Year Residency?

To apply for a waiver of the Two-Year Home Residency Requirement, also known as the J-1 waiver, you need to follow a specific process and meet certain eligibility criteria. Here is a general overview of the steps involved in applying for a waiver request:

Determine Eligibility: Review the eligibility criteria for the available J-1 waiver categories to identify which category might apply to your situation. The common waiver categories include the No-Objection Statement, Interested Government Agency (IGA) Waiver, Persecution Waiver, and Hardship Waiver.

Obtain Supporting Documents: Gather the necessary supporting documents for your waiver application. The required documents may vary depending on the specific waiver category. Examples of supporting documents include a statement explaining your reasons for seeking a waiver, letters of recommendation, evidence of persecution or exceptional hardship, and any other relevant documentation.

Choose the Appropriate Waiver Category: Select the waiver category that best aligns with your circumstances and that you qualify for based on the eligibility criteria. Each category has different requirements and procedures, so ensure you understand the specific requirements for the category you are applying under.

Submit the Application: Prepare and submit your waiver application to the U.S. Department of State, which has the authority to grant J-1 waivers. The application process and required forms may vary depending on the waiver category you are applying under. Generally, you will need to complete the appropriate waiver application form, provide the supporting documents, and pay the required application fee.

Await Decision: After submitting your application, the U.S. Department of State will review your request and make a decision on whether to grant the J-1 waiver. The processing time can vary, and it is advisable to check the current processing times on the U.S. Department of State’s website or consult with an immigration attorney for more accurate information.

Follow Further Instructions: If your waiver request is approved, you will receive instructions on the next steps to take. This may include adjusting your visa status, applying for a different visa category, or other actions as required.

It is important to note that the process and requirements for J-1 waivers can be complex, and it is recommended to consult with an experienced immigration attorney or an authorized J-1 waiver program sponsor for guidance tailored to your specific circumstances. They can provide you with detailed information on the application process, required documents, and assist you throughout the waiver request process.

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