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The J-1 visa program stands as a potential pathway for certain foreign nationals who have gained a bachelor’s degree or higher abroad to possibly remain in the United States, or enter the U.S. for training or internships. Some countries have a two year foreign residence requirement, which requires that a foreign worker return to their home country to contribute the skills they learn enrich and improve their community abroad. This two-year foreign residence requirement may be waived under specific circumstances.  One of the basis for a waiver includes exceptional hardship or a request from an interested U.S. government agency or designated state health department, which if granted, would provide a means for J-1 visa holders to continue contributing their expertise and skills in their respective fields within the United States. The J-1 visa waiver program serves as a pivotal mechanism, facilitating the retention of valuable talent, fostering professional growth, and furthering collaborations across diverse sectors while addressing compelling and justified individual or organizational needs.

For those seeking detailed insights into this vital visa category, we invite you to download our comprehensive visa guide.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us for a consultation. Our dedicated team is here to support you through the petition process and address any concerns you may have.