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Hot Topic– The J1 Visa

Who is Eligible for the J-1 Visa Program? Who may be Known as a J-1 Sponsor?

immigrationA sponsor is one who must be accredited by an exchange visitorprogram, which is designated by the United States Dept. of State.

What is the Criteria I Have to Meet in Order to Obtain a J-1 Visa?

The individual must:

  1. Fall under one or more of the J-1 categories.
  2. The individual must have funds sufficient for the trip.
  3. Fluent in English.
  4. Have a residence abroad and no intent of abandoning such residence.
  5. Possess sufficient medical insurance.
What is the Process I Have to go Throu to Obtain a J-1 Visa

The individual must apply for a J-1 Visa at the U.S embassy or consulate in their home country. The process is as follows:

  1. DS-2019 Form provided by sponsor
  2. Form DS-156 (non immigrant visa app)
  3. DS-158 (detail work history /contacts )
  4. Passport (valid) /2x2 photographs /non refundable 160 USD
  5. Once the individual receives their visa they can enter the U.S. up to a period of 30 days before the program date.
What is the Duration for the J-1 Visa Duration for J-1 Visa

This will depend on the J-1 Category that the individual is in. Depends on the J-1 category the individual is in.


What is the Extension Periof for the J-1 Visa?

The J-1 visa can be extended by Sponsor who completes the IAP6. Extension is possible only if the duration falls within the maximum duration of stay for the category the individual falls under.

Can the Two Year Requirement for Foreign Residency Requiremenet be Waived?

The J1- Visa holder must move to their home country for a period of 2 years In order to be eligible for a green card. However, there is a statutory basis that may be used to waive this 2 year foreign residency requirement

Statutory basis categories are as follows:

  1. No objection Statement Waiver
  2. Exception to hardship waiver
  3. Fear of persecution waiver
  4. Interested U.S. federal government agency waiver
  5. Designated state public health department or its equivalent waiver

Visit the following website for more information on these specific waivers.

Contact a Lawyer

While we previously handled immigration cases, we still provide some general immigration information on our web site for assistance to the general public. This is no substitute for consulting with an immigration attorney about your specific facts and/or case which we highly recommend, especially since some laws, rules and procedures may change at any time and web site pages are not intended to provide legal advice and are not always updated. Thus, we urge you to consult with an immigration attorney now and if you need any assistance in finding one please contact our law offices now for help.

Meanwhile, we continue to offer an absolutely FREE consultation and case evaluation for anyone injured in a car, truck, motorcycle or any other accident or to any family who suffered the death of a family member with a wrongful death accident claim in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Fernando Valley, Ventura and all of California.

We have over 40 years experience handling personal injury & wrongful death accident cases and during that time our injury accident lawyers have successfully resolved thousands and thousands of injury accident cases for many millions of dollars.

For more information, please see our Personal Injury & Wrongful Death home page and our many Client Testimonials.

There are many easy ways to contact our personal injury & wrongful death accident lawyers:

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On personal injury accident cases & wrongful death accident cases there is NO charge for our initial consultation – it is absolutely FREE! And we work on a contingency fee which means we do not get paid until you win and then our fee comes out of the recovery paid by the insurance company and not out of your own pocket!

We look forward to speaking with you and helping you resolve your legal problems.


Our immigration web site pages were prepared when our personal injury & wrongful death law firm also provided assistance to some of our clients with immigration matters. Our law firm does not do that any longer. Our lawyers and law offices continue to concentrate in handling serious injury and wrongful death cases in Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and all of California resulting from car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, hit & run and uninsured motorist (UM) and underinsured motorist (UIM) accidents, dog bites & dog attacks, premises liability accidents including slip & fall, trip & fall and burn injury cases. Our lawyers have handled personal injury and wrongful death accident cases for over 40 years. We have successfully resolved thousands of injury accident claims over that time, with a success rate better than 98%. However, if you need any immigration help we are happy to refer you to an immigration lawyer. Meanwhile, we have left these pages on our web site with this notice to continue to try to provide some useful general information to the public. As always, the information in this web site is general information only that is not intended to provide nor should it be relied upon to provide specific advice for any specific legal matter as, among other reasons, all facts and circumstances should be considered. You are advised and encouraged to consult with an experienced attorney for specific advice about your particular personal injury, wrongful death, accident, immigration or any other legal claim, case or matter. If you ever need any help or legal advice, please call us now at 818-222-3400 or 1-866 INJURY 2 or simply click here to reach us 24/7. On injury accident cases our initial consultation still is absolutely FREE and we work on a contingency fee. That means we do not receive any fee until we win. And then the fee comes out of the recovery which means that the fee is actually paid by the insurance company and does not come out of your own pocket. If you have any questions, please let us know. We look forward to helping you.

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