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J-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What is the appropriate time for me to seek an advisory opinion for J visa waiver recommendation?

You should only request an advisory opinion after you have participated in a J-1 program and you have doubts whether you are or are not subject to Section 212(e) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act.


Can anyone else request an advisory opinion for J-1 waiver recommendation on my behalf?

Yes, your attorney or your responsible/alternate officer may request an advisory opinion for you.

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What information should I provide in my request for an advisory opinion for J-1 waiver recommendation?

You should mail legible copies of all your Form DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility, along with the written request for an advisory opinion. USCIS does not recommend sending your request by fax because forms frequently become illegible during the fax process.


Can you explain about the J-1 exchange visitor's skills list?

The skills list is a list of occupations that are needed in the exchange visitor's home country.


How do I know about my case number for J-1 application?

The case number is at the top portion of the letter you will receive after you have submitted your Data Sheet application and the processing fee. The letter will explain the procedures and documentation necessary for your waiver review request. If there were prior applications, the case number remains the same no matter how long the case history becomes.

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