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Hello everyone,

I will soon go to the US on a J1 visa, my DS-2019 hasn't been issued yet but I am subject to the 2 year residency requirement (I checked with the Chilean embassy). I read that it is possible to get a waiver asking for a "no objection" letter from your home government in order to not fulfill such requirement.

I would really like to find other chileans who have filled for the waiver under that condition so I can better understand what are my chances of getting one too. I know that processing times and the possibilty of getting one depend on where you are from.

I just found out about this and I'm really bummed since my boyfriend (US citizen) and I were planning on living in California after my visa.

Thanks! Any information will be very useful and appreciated.


J-1 212 Residency Requirement Waiver

08/22/2016 Advisory opinion request

09/30/2016 Finding letter sent *subject*

09/30/2016 Documents received by DOS

12/13/2016 NOS Letter received

01/25/2017 Favorable Recommendation Sent

02/02/2017 Case received by USCIS

02/23/2017 Married!

05/17/2017 Approval notice received

 

AOS

05/08/2017 Package sent (I-130, I-485 and I-765)

05/11/2017 Package received at Chicago Lockbox

05/18/2017 NOA received with case numbers via mail

06/06/2017 Had biometrics appointment in Pomona, CA

08/07/2017 Sent an online service request on I-765

08/17/2017 Letter in the mail saying case still under review

08/23/2017 Scheduled for an interview

08/26/2017 Sent second SR on I-765

08/26/2017 EAD New Card is Being Produced

08/29/2017 EAD card was mailed to me

08/31/2017 EAD card received in the mail

09/25/2017  Interview at San Bernardino office/GC approved

09/25/2017 GC is being produced

09/28/2017 GC was mailed to me

09/30/2017 GC received in the mail

 

 

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Can't apply for the no objection waiver before you even begin the J1 program. Especially since one of the requirements to get a J1 visa is that you have the intent to return home at the end of your J1 prpgram....clearly you don't intend to do that, so you may not even get the visa. Nobody can really predict what might happen more than a year from now. But, perhaps you and your boyfriend should take a look at a more appropriate visa....K1, maybe?

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I am not from Chile, but as someone who has been through the j1 waiver process recently, I can tell you that it is merely a bureocratic inconvenience, and should not cause you problems,as long as you are not Fulbright or some other U.S. government sponsored scholar.

Once my embassy issued the no objection statement, the state department sent a favorable recommendation in about 2 weeks, but then USCIS took 2 months to send the final approval. Worst thing about it is that it is entirely out of your control, and between the DOS and USCIS receipt you have no way of tracking your case.

Good luck!

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I am not from Chile, but as someone who has been through the j1 waiver process recently, I can tell you that it is merely a bureocratic inconvenience, and should not cause you problems,as long as you are not Fulbright or some other U.S. government sponsored scholar.

Once my embassy issued the no objection statement, the state department sent a favorable recommendation in about 2 weeks, but then USCIS took 2 months to send the final approval. Worst thing about it is that it is entirely out of your control, and between the DOS and USCIS receipt you have no way of tracking your case.

Good luck!

Thank you! I looked at the form that's at my embassy's website and they ask for the reason you want the no objection statement. What was your reason?

Very helpful!


J-1 212 Residency Requirement Waiver

08/22/2016 Advisory opinion request

09/30/2016 Finding letter sent *subject*

09/30/2016 Documents received by DOS

12/13/2016 NOS Letter received

01/25/2017 Favorable Recommendation Sent

02/02/2017 Case received by USCIS

02/23/2017 Married!

05/17/2017 Approval notice received

 

AOS

05/08/2017 Package sent (I-130, I-485 and I-765)

05/11/2017 Package received at Chicago Lockbox

05/18/2017 NOA received with case numbers via mail

06/06/2017 Had biometrics appointment in Pomona, CA

08/07/2017 Sent an online service request on I-765

08/17/2017 Letter in the mail saying case still under review

08/23/2017 Scheduled for an interview

08/26/2017 Sent second SR on I-765

08/26/2017 EAD New Card is Being Produced

08/29/2017 EAD card was mailed to me

08/31/2017 EAD card received in the mail

09/25/2017  Interview at San Bernardino office/GC approved

09/25/2017 GC is being produced

09/28/2017 GC was mailed to me

09/30/2017 GC received in the mail

 

 

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Thank you! I looked at the form that's at my embassy's website and they ask for the reason you want the no objection statement. What was your reason?

Very helpful!

I had to write a statement too for Romania. I just explained that I am in the US as a university professor with a j1 and that it would benefit my career, as well as Romania-US cultural exchange, for me to continue working in the US

Edit: I did marry my American GF of 4 years while I was applying for the waiver, but i considered my career as the sole reason for the waiver. Wrote the same thing in the statement of purpose for Dept of State

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Hi!

I have one more question for you. Did you have any problems getting married while waiting for the waiver? I mean, does it interfere with the legality of the marriage. Do you know what happens if the waiver is denied and you are married?

Thank you!


J-1 212 Residency Requirement Waiver

08/22/2016 Advisory opinion request

09/30/2016 Finding letter sent *subject*

09/30/2016 Documents received by DOS

12/13/2016 NOS Letter received

01/25/2017 Favorable Recommendation Sent

02/02/2017 Case received by USCIS

02/23/2017 Married!

05/17/2017 Approval notice received

 

AOS

05/08/2017 Package sent (I-130, I-485 and I-765)

05/11/2017 Package received at Chicago Lockbox

05/18/2017 NOA received with case numbers via mail

06/06/2017 Had biometrics appointment in Pomona, CA

08/07/2017 Sent an online service request on I-765

08/17/2017 Letter in the mail saying case still under review

08/23/2017 Scheduled for an interview

08/26/2017 Sent second SR on I-765

08/26/2017 EAD New Card is Being Produced

08/29/2017 EAD card was mailed to me

08/31/2017 EAD card received in the mail

09/25/2017  Interview at San Bernardino office/GC approved

09/25/2017 GC is being produced

09/28/2017 GC was mailed to me

09/30/2017 GC received in the mail

 

 

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Hi!

I have one more question for you. Did you have any problems getting married while waiting for the waiver? I mean, does it interfere with the legality of the marriage. Do you know what happens if the waiver is denied and you are married?

Thank you!

Hi,

The waiver has no bearing on getting marry.

If the waiver is denied, then you must return home for 2 years. You will not be eligible for an immigration visa or green card until you complete the 2 years at home.

If you don't want to be subject to the 2 years HRR, then don't use the J-1 visa.

Best of luck

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Hi,

The waiver has no bearing on getting marry.

If the waiver is denied, then you must return home for 2 years. You will not be eligible for an immigration visa or green card until you complete the 2 years at home.

If you don't want to be subject to the 2 years HRR, then don't use the J-1 visa.

Best of luck

Thanks, I am already in the US with the J-1 visa, I just want to know all of my options and decide the best way to go from there.


J-1 212 Residency Requirement Waiver

08/22/2016 Advisory opinion request

09/30/2016 Finding letter sent *subject*

09/30/2016 Documents received by DOS

12/13/2016 NOS Letter received

01/25/2017 Favorable Recommendation Sent

02/02/2017 Case received by USCIS

02/23/2017 Married!

05/17/2017 Approval notice received

 

AOS

05/08/2017 Package sent (I-130, I-485 and I-765)

05/11/2017 Package received at Chicago Lockbox

05/18/2017 NOA received with case numbers via mail

06/06/2017 Had biometrics appointment in Pomona, CA

08/07/2017 Sent an online service request on I-765

08/17/2017 Letter in the mail saying case still under review

08/23/2017 Scheduled for an interview

08/26/2017 Sent second SR on I-765

08/26/2017 EAD New Card is Being Produced

08/29/2017 EAD card was mailed to me

08/31/2017 EAD card received in the mail

09/25/2017  Interview at San Bernardino office/GC approved

09/25/2017 GC is being produced

09/28/2017 GC was mailed to me

09/30/2017 GC received in the mail

 

 

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