A J-1 visa is an exchange visitor visa that allows a foreigner to come to the US to participate in a work-study program. J-1 visas fall into the non-immigrant visa category. Some J-1 visas have a legal requirement that necessitates that the exchange visitor returns to their home country for at least two years after the completion of their work-study program. If an individual is unable to fulfill the two-year home country requirement, the foreigner must apply for a J-1 Visa Waiver. A J-1 Visa Waiver must be approved before the foreigner can adjust/change their status or secure a different visa.
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Contact the Shoreline Immigration law office to discuss J-1 Waiver requirements. Our talanted staff is avaliable to answer all of your questions.
Cases are thoroughly considered before a decision is rendered. Once a denial is issued it cannot be appealed or reopened. However, you may apply for another J-1 Visa Waiver if you qualify under different grounds from you initial application. If you apply again based on a different basis, you must go through the entire application process again.
In most instances, you cannot/should not apply again for a J-1 Visa Waiver on the same basis as your original application. However, there is an exception to this. If you originally applied based on persecution, you may apply again on persecution grounds if recent developments are expected to result in a different outcome to the waiver decision. In such cases you must go through the entire application process again.
No, you do not have to have an attorney to go through the application process for a J-1 Visa Waiver. However, the visa waiver process can be quite complicated and requires multiple steps and agencies to finish the application and processes. An experienced immigration attorney can help you to ensure that you have the correct documentation and that you go through the process steps correctly.
Yes, J-2 wife and/or child secured their J-2 status as dependents on based on your J-1 visa. As such, they are subject to the same requirements and must also leave the US and return to your home country with you.