Once you have received an exchange visitor visa and come to the U.S. to participate in your program, your need for information about U.S. immigration matters isn't over. You will need to know how to maintain your status and how to deal with various issues such as whether you and your family can work in the U.S. and whether you can extend your stay or switch to a different status in the United States. Find helpful information and further resources here.
How Long Your J-1 Visa Will Let You Stay in the United States
If you're interested in a U.S. exchange program, plan ahead for the likely length of your U.S. stay.
J-1 Visa Holder Can Apply for a No-Objection Waiver of Two-Year Home Residency Requirement
Want to apply for a green card after having a J-1 visa? Here's information on how to obtain the waiver that you might need first.
How J-1 Visa Holder Can Get Exceptional Hardship Waiver of Two-Year Home Residency Requirement
Step-by-step guidance to obtaining a hardship-based waiver of the two-year home residency requirement in order to change or adjust status in the U.S.
What Do I Need to Say in My Statement of Reasons Requesting a J-1 No-Objection Waiver?
Suggestions for supplying a satisfactory explanation of why you should be excused from the two-year home country requirement.
Dealing With J-1 Two-Year Home-Stay Rule: Exceptions and Waivers
Came to the U.S. on a J-1 visa then found a basis on which to apply for permanent residence? You may be facing a hurdle: a requirement that you first spend two years outside the United States. See whether an exception or waiver will help avoid this.
Marrying a Green Card Holder After a J-1 Visa Overstay
If you are a J-1 visa holder planning to marry a U.S. green card holder (lawful permanent resident), you yourself might eventually be eligible for a U.S. green card. However, it's highly likely you will need to spend at least a few years outside the United States first.
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