U.S. State Department Waiver Review Procedures

Applicants for the J-1 Visa Waiver must complete the U.S. Department of State Waiver Application Form (DS-3035 Data Sheet). For more information on the federal process, visit the U.S. Department of State Waiver Application Process website

Citizen & Immigration Services (USCIS) - Exchange Visitors

About the 2-Year Residence Requirement

  1. Residence Requirement
  2. Requirement Waiver

Understanding the Two-Year Foreign Residence Requirement

Exchange Visitors may be subject to the two-year foreign residence requirement of Section 212(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended, for one or more of the following reasons:

  1. They received funding from the United States Government, their own government, or an inter-national organization in connection with their participation in the Exchange Visitor Program
  2. The education training, or skill that they are pursuing in this country appears on the Exchange Visitor Skills List for their country
  3. They acquired J-1 status on or after January 10, 1977 for the purpose of receiving graduate medical education or training Education visitors who are subject to, but do not wish to comply with, the two-year home country residence requirement may apply for a waiver of that requirement under any one of five applicable grounds provided by United States immigration law