J-Waivers

A J Waiver may be used by an alien who has previously been granted a J-1 visa by the United States government. A J-1 visa allows a non-U.S. citizen to come to America and participate in a training program or other educational endeavor. Typically, a J-1 visa holder is required to return to his or her home country to complete at least 2 years of service with the skills learned while in the U.S.

A J waiver is a tool used to escape this 2 year service requirement. If granted, the person may then stay in the United States and apply for permanent citizenship. Typically a J waiver will be considered if:

  • There is no objection from the applicant's home country,
  • A U.S. government agency requests the waiver be granted,
  • There is a threat of persecution or other danger to the alien if he or she returns home,
  • There is a claim of exceptional hardship to the alien or his or her family,
  • A state's public health department requests the waiver (for medical professionals only).

If denied, there is no appeals process for a J waiver. However, a person may reapply if there are new facts to present on his or her behalf.

Contact our Miami-Dade County Immigration Waiver Attorneys

Contact our South Florida immigration waiver attorneys at 305-755-4780, or e-mail us to schedule an appointment to discuss your Dade County, Broward County, or Monroe County immigration questions and issues.

Our Miami Immigration lawyers accept immigration law cases in Miami-Dade County, Broward County and Monroe County. Our Miami, Florida law office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm and weekends and evenings by appointment.

Consultations are available in person at our downtown Miami law office and at several meeting locations throughout Dade and Broward Counties including Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, Galiano Street in Coral Gables, West Country Club Drive in Aventura, Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood and in the Homestead area. Appointments are also available by telephone and via Skype internet video chat.