Is Time Running Out On Your J-1 Visa?
Participating in a work-study or exchange program in the United States can open up new opportunities in your life. When time runs out on your J-1 visa, you may have options to stay in the U.S. However, you must act quickly to avoid potentially returning to your home country.
To extend your stay, you likely need to work with an attorney because of the exigent circumstances a J-1 visa waiver can present. At Stanford Law Office, PLLC, we can help you apply for the waiver you need to continue living in the U.S. We understand the potential hardships you may face if you return home. We will work to protect the opportunities you have here in the U.S.
Request A Waiver If You Meet The Following Requirements
As part of the J-1 visa stipulation, holders of this visa typically must return to their home country for two years after their exchange visitor program is over. If you could experience hardship or danger when you return home, you may be eligible for a waiver.
One of the following circumstances must exist in order to obtain a waiver:
- Your home country has no objection to you not returning.
- A government requests your stay.
- Returning home would lead to persecution for your religious beliefs, political affiliation or ethnicity.
- You have married a citizen or permanent resident and leaving would cause your spouse or your child hardship.
If you are unsure of your eligibility, consult an attorney.
Offering You Guidance From One Process To The Next
Acquiring a J-1 waiver can mean the difference between stability and starting over. Reach out to our firm and attorney Stanford Obi today. Call 502-365-4900 to reach our Louisville and Bowling Green offices. You may also get in touch with us via our online contact form today.