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What is I-612 From

Before the J-1 holder applies for an immigrant visa, adjustment of status, or change of status(such as to the H-1b or L-1). They must leave the United States after completing their training and living abroad for at least two years, according to immigration law. J-1 and J-2 nonimmigrants who qualify may request a waiver of this requirement by submitting this application.

How Much Does Filing Fee Cost to File I-612

USCIS charges $930 for filing



Where to File J-1 waiver

If You Are Filing Form I-612 Because Of:Mail Your Form To
Exceptional hardship to your U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse or child; or

If you believe that returning to your country of nationality or last residence would subject you to persecution on account of race, religion, or political opinion
U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

USCIS California Service Center
I-612 Unit
P.O. Box 30112
Laguna Niguel, CA 92607-0112

FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

USCIS California Service Center
24000 Avila Rd.
2nd Floor, Room 2312
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
You received a request from an interested U.S. government agency;

You received a written statement from your country of nationality or last foreign residence that it has no objection to the waiver; or

A state’s Department of Public Health, or its equivalent, sent a request to the U.S. Department of State for you to work in a medically underserved area (Conrad Waiver Program)
Postal Service

Department of State J-1 Waiver
P.O. Box 979037
St. Louis, MO 63197-9000

Courier Service
Department of State J-1 Waiver
P.O. Box 979037
1005 Convention Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101-1200

Source: USCIS, Department of State

What is Processing Time for J-1 Waiver (I-612)

All processing data was collected by EZ485.

For USCIS Processing for J-1 Waiver:

CategoryOffice80% of cases are completed within
Application for a waiver of the 2-year foreign residence requirement based on exceptional hardship or persecutionCalifornia Service Center12.5 Months
Application for a waiver of the 2-year foreign residence requirementVermont Service Center4 Weeks

For the Department of State Processing Time for J-1 Waiver

Waiver BasisEstimate Processing Time
No Objection Statement12 to 16 weeks
Interested U.S. Federal Government Agency8 to 12 weeks
Persecution12 to 16 weeks
Exceptional Hardship36 to 52 weeks
State Public Health Department (Conrad State 30 Program)12 to 16 weeks
Advisory Opinion4 to 8 weeks



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