The Exchange Visitor (J) non-immigrant visa category is for individuals approved to participate in work-and study-based exchange visitor programs. Participants are integral to the success of the program.
- 1 What is the 2 year home residency requirement?
- 2 How hard is it to get J-1 waiver?
- 3 Is a J-1 visa a permanent resident?
- 4 What is the foreign residence requirement?
- 5 Can I apply for H1B after J1?
- 6 What is the 212e rule?
- 7 How can I stay in US after J-1 visa expires?
- 8 How can I change my J-1 visa to H1B?
- 9 Can J-1 visa holder get married?
- 10 Can you get a green card with a J-1 visa?
- 11 How can I go from F1 to green card?
- 12 Can I renew my J-1 visa in USA?
- 13 How many j1 visas can you have?
- 14 What happens after J-1 visa?
- 15 How long is j1 waiver?
What is the 2 year home residency requirement?
The two-year home residency requirement (or 212(e), as it is referenced in the immigration regulations) means that those who come the U.S. in J-1 status cannot become permanent residents in the U.S., change status in the U.S., or get work or family-based visa status such as H, L or K until they return to their country
How hard is it to get J-1 waiver?
If you received funding from your home government or an international organization, or are subject based on the skills list, you may request a waiver for the J-1 home residency requirement. However, it is extremely difficult to get a waiver if you received U.S. government funding.
Is a J-1 visa a permanent resident?
Yes, transitioning from a J1 visa to green card status is possible, but not all J1 visa holders will be eligible for a green card. Also, to obtain a J1 visa you must prove that you have close ties to your home country and that you plan on returning there after your J1 visa expires.
What is the foreign residence requirement?
Overview. 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).
Can I apply for H1B after J1?
To transfer your J1 visa to an H1B visa: You must obtain a job offer from a US employer before you can apply. You must go through the H1B visa application process.
What is the 212e rule?
One of the most common questions received from foreign nationals under J-1 visa status is about the 212(e) rule, also known as the “two year” rule. This specific rule requires exchange participants to return to their home country for at least two years or more, unless they receive a waiver.
How can I stay in US after J-1 visa expires?
If your J1 visa has expired, you will be required to return to your home country for at least two years before being allowed to apply for any additional visas. This is not always possible and can sometimes simply be impractical. If this is the case, you can apply for a J1 visa waiver which will waive this requirement.
How can I change my J-1 visa to H1B?
How to Apply for a J1 to H1B Change of Status
- Find an H1B Sponsor. Your H1B visa is dependent on a job offer from an employer who is willing to be your sponsor.
- Employer Submits Labor Conditions Approval (LCA)
- Employer Submits Form I-129.
- Applicant Completes Application at a US Embassy or Consulate.
Can J-1 visa holder get married?
J-1 visa holders are completely free to marry U.S. citizens, but that does not automatically qualify them for permanent resident status (green card). In order to make that transition, there are several steps that need to be taken.
Can you get a green card with a J-1 visa?
J-1 Waiver to Green Card Process. Technically, J-1 visa holders are not eligible for the U.S. green card. This is because the J-1 is not considered a “dual intent” visa, which is a nonimmigrant visa that allows holders to pursue a green card without jeopardizing their nonimmigrant status.
How can I go from F1 to green card?
7 Ways F1 Students Can Get a Green Card
- Receive Employer Sponsorship.
- Marry a US Citizen.
- Seek Asylum.
- Win the Green Card Lottery.
- Receive Sponsorship by a Relative Who Owns a Business.
- Participate in Military Service.
- Receive Parent or Child Sponsorship.
- Right to Permanent Residency.
Can I renew my J-1 visa in USA?
You can only renew your visa at a U.S. consulate abroad. ISSO always recommends that you apply for your renewal visa in your home country. If you apply in a country other than your home country, you may be subject to administrative processing, which will require that you stay in that country until your visa is issued.
How many j1 visas can you have?
Foreign medical graduates may be issued J- 1 visas for the length of time necessary to complete their training programs, up to a usual maximum of seven years (with limited exceptions), plus 30 days in which to prepare to depart the United States.
What happens after J-1 visa?
Visitors can transition from the J-1 visa to permanent residence in two different ways. They can also decide whether or not they want to take advantage of consular processing and make a status adjustment. An adjustment of status requires the joint cooperation of the visitor’s employer and the visitor.
How long is j1 waiver?
The J-1 visa allows holders to remain in the U.S., normally for up to seven years, until they complete their Graduate Medical Education (GME).