I read a post here that cautions against doing an extra year (beyond 7 years) if you wanted to do a waiver. We found this out too late, and essentially my wife is on her way to starting an 8th year in July. Are her chances for getting a waiver really impossible now? Is there any way to go around this? Any advice at this point? Are there states that still accept waiver applications at this time? Where do we go to check out available slots for waiver positions at this time? Will our marriage or pregnancy have any bearing on the approval or disapproval of an application for waiver?
Post by Adam Cohen on Mar 10, 2017 17:29:40 GMT -6
I would not say that her chances are impossible now. The Department of State cautions about a possible effect on the J-1 waiver, but neither I nor my colleagues have seen this in practice. Obviously, there are no guarantees, but I wouldn't say the situation is dire.
There are still several states with open programs, such as Tennessee for example. There are also a few interested government agencies with unlimited slots such as the Delta Regional Authority.
Marriage/pregnancy does not have any bearing on a Conrad waiver.