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53.

Based on the fear of persecution, how do I check on the status of my application?

You may call 202-663-1600. If additional documentation is needed, the Waiver Review Division will contact you directly. When a final determination has been made, you will be notified. Until you hear from the Waiver Review Division, therefore, the status of your case is considered 'open'. You should make whatever plans you need to make regarding your work, life in the U.S. or return to your home country on the assumption that you will not be recommended for a waiver.

54.

Can I apply for a waiver based on the exceptional hardship my American citizen or permanent resident family members would face if I return to the home country?

Apply directly to the USCIS on Form I-612 Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement.

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55.

Based on exceptional hardship, how do I check on the status of my application?

You may call 202-663-1600. If additional documentation is needed, the Waiver Review Division will contact you directly. When a final determination has been made, you will be notified. Until you hear from the Waiver Review Office, therefore, the status of your case is considered "open." You should make whatever plans you need to make regarding your work, life in the U.S. or return to your home country on the assumption that you will not be recommended for a waiver.

56.

On behalf of the foreign medical graduates, what are the government agencies who can apply for the waiver?

The following government agencies may apply for waiver:

  • Appalachian Regional Commission
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Department of Interior for Indian Reservations
  • Individual's State department of health that participates in the Conrad State 30 program
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