Please tell me about the home residence requirements for J-1 visas.
May 7, 2013 5:19 PM Subscribe
I will move to the US for a post-doc in the fall, and my host university told me they will issue a J-1 visa for me. By default, this kind of visa comes with a "home residence" requirement, which says I have to spend two years in my home country after the visa has expired, before I can apply for another stay in the US. I'm excited to go, but as a scientist in a niche field I'm a bit concerned about locking myself out of the US in the future. Many of the best places for me to seek further employment are in the US and very few are in my home country. Are exceptions ever made and, if so, what does it take?
posted by springload to Travel & Transportation around United States (8 answers total)
A friend in the US (Swedish like myself) told me that he is on a J-1 visa, but one for which the home residence clause has been waived in advance. The administrator at my host university told me she'd never heard of such a thing. Is this familiar to any of you?
Provided the visa type will be the same regardless of sponsor, I will get the one that comes bundled with a Fulbright scholarship, and that is definitely a J-1 with the home residence clause intact. The Fulbright representatives warned me that exceptions to the two-year rule are rare, and I have read some bad stories online. Do you know under what circumstances such exceptions have been made after the J-1 visa has been issued?