Types of J Waivers
There are five statutory bases for a waiver of the two-year foreign residence requirement:
- a no objection statement from the home government,
- a request from an interested U.S. Government agency on the alien’s behalf,
- a claim that the alien will be persecuted if he or she returns to his or her country of residence,
- a claim of exceptional hardship to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse or child if the alien is required to return to his or her home country, and
- a request from a state public health department, or its equivalent, on the alien’s behalf (this only applies to foreign medical graduates who obtained J-1 status for graduate medical training or education).