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This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Loan Huynh, Fredrikson Immigration Department Chair, is a member.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated policy guidance regarding the nonimmigrant exchange visitor (J) visa classification, including USCIS's role in the adjudication of waivers of the two-year foreign residence requirement and change-of-status requests. The guidance:

  • Provides general information about the exchange visitor (J) visa classification and explains USCIS's role in adjudicating change-of-status requests and applications for employment authorization for J-2 family members.
  • Explains the INA § 212(e) foreign residence requirement and provides information about USCIS's adjudication of available waivers, including for foreign medical graduates.
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