J-1 Physicians: J-1 Waiver FAQS
Q: What is the two-year Foreign Residency Requirement for J visa holders?
A: This rule requires some J visa holders to reside in their home country for at least two years before they may obtain an H, L or other immigrant visa to enter the U.S. or adjust their status within the U.S. You have to serve the two years in your home country or country of last habitual (permanent) residence, even if you obtain citizenship in another country.
Q: How may I obtain a Waiver on my two-year residency requirement?
A: Generally, a Waiver may be obtained through one of the following channels:
1. An Interested Government Agency (IGA) may request that the U.S. State Department waive the Foreign Residency Requirement.