The Department of State’s Waiver Review Division (WRD) has announced that it will accept only online filings of Form DS-3035 for the J-1 Waiver as of February 01, 2009.
Certain J-1 visa holders are subject to the two-year J-1 home residence requirement of Section 212(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which requires them to return to their last country of residence for a period of two years following completion of a J-1 visa program in the United States.
The United States Department of State’s J-1 Waiver Online web site allows J-1 visa holders who are seeking a waiver of 212(e) to reserve a case number and begin the paperwork for their J-1 waiver request to the Department of State Waiver Review Division. The J-1 visa holder or representative can control the data entry regarding the J-1 waiver to ensure an error-free submission. J-1 Visa Waiver Online creates a bar-coded document that will facilitate processing by the Waiver Review Division. As a result, processing times will be reduced. Those J-1 visa holders who have a case number can submit changes to their contact information or check the status of their J-1 Waiver case file.
Note that it is not currently possible to submit all J-1 waiver related data electronically, or to pay any J-1 waiver fees online. All documentation and fees for J-1 Waiver applications must continue to be mailed to the Department of State.The J-1 Waiver Online web site allows a J-1 exchange visitor (“EV”) to begin the process of requesting a waiver of the two-year home residency requirement.
The online J-1 Waiver process works as follows:
Before you begin the J-1 Waiver process, please ensure that you have the following documentation readily available. Each document listed below contains information that you will need in order to complete the J-1 Waiver application.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The J-1 waiver applicant will have 60 minutes to complete each application page, at which point the session will automatically end. It is recommended that you complete explanatory answers in a Word or text document first to allow yourself more time. You will be able to cut and paste from the Word or text document into the application.
Finally, please note that submission of inaccurate or incomplete information slows J-1 Waiver processing times.