DS-3035: J-1 Visa Waiver Recommendation Application Instructions

Some exchange visitors with J-1 visas are subject to a two-year home-country physical presence requirement. It requires you to return home for at least two years after your exchange visitor program. This requirement is part of U.S. law, in the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 212(e). If you cannot return home for two years, you must apply for a waiver. The Department of Homeland Security must approve your waiver before you can change status in the United States or receive a visa in certain categories.

Here you can find Waiver of the Exchange Visitor Two-Year Home-Country Physical Presence Requirement.

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