USCIS reminds customers that Public Law 111-9, signed by President Obama on March 20, 2009, extends the date until Sept. 30, 2009 by which international medical graduates have to have been granted J-1 nonimmigrant status in order to later qualify for the "Conrad 30" program. Before this latest extension was granted, the most recent sunset date for qualifying J-1 admission was March 6, 2009.
Reference Document: STATE 017314, Date 2/09
TO ALL DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR POSTS
We have won several cases on extreme and exceptional hardship grounds in addition to the more routine J-1 waivers. We have also processed several J-1 changes of MUA location matters for physicians.
The Exchange Visitor Visa
I am on F-1/J-1 visa (student visa). Can I apply for green card (Permanent Residency)?
1. I am curruntly on HIB Visa for the past 5yrs and 2 months (GC process started and 1-140 approved) working for a State Health Department.
J-1 VISA WAIVER (Conrad State 30, Extreme Hardship, No Objection)
The fee schedule for J visa (fees are payable by personal or corporate checks) is as follows:
|1.||Legal fees (for our Office): $3,200 payable at the commencement of the case|
|2.|| Filing fees (to the USCIS)
Form DS 3035: $215
Form I-612: $585
|3.||Federal Express Expenses: approx. $100|
I have been issued F1 and I fulfilled only 1 year of my previous J1 HRR. It was not difficult to get it once you show all the funding documents from school. I have another question though. I am on a PhD program now. If I decide to stay in my home country for 3-months periods several times - can I fulfill my second year of HRR in that way? The question is does it have to be consequent or I can split it like this?
You cannot do that as far as I know. The HRR has to be in one solid 2-year chunk. Brief absences - a week or two may be permitted but should be made up by spending that much extra time in your home country.