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Applying For a Waiver of the Two-Year
Foreign Residence Requirement
Pertaining To Exchange Visitors On The J-1 Visa

Estimated Processing Time May Vary

The processing times will vary depending on the type of application you have submitted. The times given below are estimates only from the date of receipt of all documentation necessary to adjudicate the application.


No Objection 6 to 8 weeks
Interested U.S. Government Agency 4 to 8 weeks
State Department of Health 4 to 6 weeks
Exceptional Hardship 3 to 4 months
Fear of Persecution 3 to 4 months
Advisory Opinions 4 to 6 week


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