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i am a j1 exchange visitor with a 2 year home residency requirement. i filed the waiver and sent necessary requirements to CFO and dept of state. Do you have any idea how long will it take to get the approval for the waiver? My visa will expire in June 2019. I was thinking of not renewing with my j1 visa for another two years and will just process greencard if i get the approval.

 

thanking you in advance. 

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You might want to skim through this 44 page thread to get an idea of how long approvals take:

 

 

 


Removing Conditions Timeline

Aug. 10, '17: Mailed in I-751

Aug. 21, '17: NOA1

October 23, '18: NOA2- approval

October 30, 18: 10-year GC received

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1 hour ago, Marie1992 said:

Hello!

i am a j1 exchange visitor with a 2 year home residency requirement. i filed the waiver and sent necessary requirements to CFO and dept of state. Do you have any idea how long will it take to get the approval for the waiver? My visa will expire in June 2019. I was thinking of not renewing with my j1 visa for another two years and will just process greencard if i get the approval.

 

thanking you in advance. 

Same situation here. I have also applied for J waiver (my J1 status ending in July 2019) and sent documents to DoS J1 Waiver St Louis address on December 28 (pending delivery for 1 week).

I am also expecting decision before June. As per my research on multiple forums, we need to see when DoS opens our case, i.e. once all documents including No Objection from embassy are received, then the process shouldn't be longer than 3 months in 85% of cases (hope you are counted among this 85%). Fingers crossed!

Keep us posted!

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2 minutes ago, JWaiver_2019 said:

Same situation here. I have also applied for J waiver (my J1 status ending in July 2019) and sent documents to DoS J1 Waiver St Louis address on December 28 (pending delivery for 1 week).

I am also expecting decision before June. As per my research on multiple forums, we need to see when DoS opens our case, i.e. once all documents including No Objection from embassy are received, then the process shouldn't be longer than 3 months in 85% of cases (hope you are counted among this 85%). Fingers crossed!

Keep us posted!

Hello! Yes, hopefully it wont take that long. Praying for it. Did you already send other documents to your consulate as well? 

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1 minute ago, Marie1992 said:

Hello! Yes, hopefully it wont take that long. Praying for it. Did you already send other documents to your consulate as well? 

Yes, I wish!

I have requested embassy for NOS too and expecting response by end of the month with expectation to get decision by April/May.

On other hand my application packet/documents got stuck at DoS J1 waiver post office for delivery.

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11 minutes ago, JWaiver_2019 said:

Yes, I wish!

I have requested embassy for NOS too and expecting response by end of the month with expectation to get decision by April/May.

On other hand my application packet/documents got stuck at DoS J1 waiver post office for delivery.

Oh no! Hoping they’ll deliver it! Do you also have the 2 year extension for your j1? Are you going to apply for it?

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25 minutes ago, Marie1992 said:

Oh no! Hoping they’ll deliver it! Do you also have the 2 year extension for your j1? Are you going to apply for it?

Yes, I hope so!

I am switching to H1B so I could have longer duration contract from same employer. My employer is in agreement to process H1B with premium service soon after waiver.

But with J1 visa, I have offer to get annual extensions for next two years only and any way will be going through same painful process again next year so why not I apply for waiver now. So choice is in my hand but I prefer H1B over J1.

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2 minutes ago, JWaiver_2019 said:

Yes, I hope so!

I am switching to H1B so I could have longer duration contract from same employer. My employer is in agreement to process H1B with premium service soon after waiver.

But with J1 visa, I have offer to get annual extensions for next two years only and any way will be going through same painful process again next year so why not I apply for waiver now. So choice is in my hand but I prefer H1B over J1.

That’s nice to hear! Hoping all the best with all your processing. In my case, i am not considering the extension and apply for a green card. The pain will be the waiting. 😔

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6 minutes ago, Marie1992 said:

That’s nice to hear! Hoping all the best with all your processing. In my case, i am not considering the extension and apply for a green card. The pain will be the waiting. 😔

Ultimate goal of many J waiver applicants is GC and if one doesn't have H1B offer then it makes sense to apply once you meet eligibility criteria for one of GC categories.

 

I wish you all the best ... and yes, wait is painful and I have experienced the same when I was waiting for administrative process for J visa (almost 9 weeks wait before I get it) but wish not this time .... fingers crossed!

keep us posted.

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On 1/2/2019 at 6:41 PM, JWaiver_2019 said:

Yes, I wish!

I have requested embassy for NOS too and expecting response by end of the month with expectation to get decision by April/May.

On other hand my application packet/documents got stuck at DoS J1 waiver post office for delivery.

Hello! Did you get any update with your waiver? 

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