J1 Visa

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

51. Based on the fear of persecution if I return to my home country, how do I apply for a waiver?

Apply directly to the USCIS on Form I-612 Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement. If your waiver is granted, USCIS will notify you directly.


52. Can I apply for a J-1 waiver based on my twin fear of persecution and the exceptional hardship that could be faced by my family on my returning to the home country?

No, persecution claims should never be intertwined with claims of exceptional hardship.

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53. Based on the fear of persecution, how do I check on the status of my application?

You may call 202-663-1600. If additional documentation is needed, the Waiver Review Division will contact you directly. When a final determination has been made, you will be notified. Until you hear from the Waiver Review Division, therefore, the status of your case is considered ‘open’. You should make whatever plans you need to make regarding your work, life in the U.S. or return to your home country on the assumption that you will not be recommended for a waiver.


54. Can I apply for a waiver based on the exceptional hardship my American citizen or permanent resident family members would face if I return to the home country?

Apply directly to the USCIS on Form I-612 Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement.


55. Based on exceptional hardship, how do I check on the status of my application?

You may call 202-663-1600. If additional documentation is needed, the Waiver Review Division will contact you directly. When a final determination has been made, you will be notified. Until you hear from the Waiver Review Office, therefore, the status of your case is considered “open.” You should make whatever plans you need to make regarding your work, life in the U.S. or return to your home country on the assumption that you will not be recommended for a waiver.