J-1 visa holders who are subject to the two-year home residence requirement and do not wish to fulfill the requirement of returning to their home countries for two years, may apply for a waiver.
Application for the waiver is made through the Department of State (DOS). DOS reviews the application and makes a recommendation to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and USCIS actually grants the waiver if approved.
The 4 basics for which a waiver may be requested:
PLEASE NOTE: Before requesting an Advisory Opinion or applying for a Waiver, J-1 visa holders are encouraged to contact their ISSS advisor. Failure to inform an advisor regarding this matter could jeopardize the visa holder's ability to secure an extension of the Form DS-2019, or the option to change to another non-immigrant status. In some cases, this requirement may be waived upon recommendation of the home government or on other grounds.