Secretary Napolitano Strengthens Employment Verification with Administration

Types of J Waivers

There are five statutory bases for a waiver of the two-year foreign residence requirement:

  1. a no objection statement from the home government,
  2. a request from an interested U.S. Government agency on the alien’s behalf,
  3. a claim that the alien will be persecuted if he or she returns to his or her country of residence,
  4. 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
  5. 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).