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  1. applicant23

    J1 fear of persecution waiver

    Hey @Preparing_To_Wait welcome to the group. My J-1 was about 6-7 years. I don't think, in fact I am confident, that how long ago you had your J-1 does not matter. I submitted my documents September 2017, currently putting together evidence for RFE. I advise you gather as much as you can in the form of documentary evidence and testimonial evidence. My lawyer says that we are again entering a hostile environment, which means a lot of people even with voluminous and well put together applications are getting RFE's. But don't feel discouraged. Do your best! I have around 400 pages of documentary evidence and a few letters from experts.
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    J1 fear of persecution waiver

    Updates on my cases: I am still working on putting together my RFE evidence. I talked to one lawyer, Brian Schmitt from Maryland. Unfortunately, his services were way beyond my budget, so I am doing this on my own for now, but still looking for lawyers who work with persecution cases. Do you guys know what should the statements of support look like? I am asking statements from my friends, as well as professors and experts. How many pages, structure, etc? I would really appreciate some information. Thank you all!
  3. applicant23

    J1 fear of persecution waiver

    I would consider it good news! What kind of evidence did you submit in RFE to support your statement? Are you working with a lawyer?
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    J1 fear of persecution waiver

    Nice! I wish you all the best. My situation is not looking so good. Once I talked to the lawyer, he was not satisfied with the quality of the application that I submitted on my own and pretty much suggested I re-apply. I suggested why don't we write another statement and provide more evidence for RFE instead of starting over. He also said that he writers 15 to 40 pages of statements for a client!!! How long was yours?
  5. applicant23

    J1 fear of persecution waiver

    Hey all! I finally got my RFE in the mail. Basically they asked me to provide copies of all my visas from the passport with entry/exit stamps, which is easy to do. They also want me to elaborate more on one particular sentence I wrote in the statement, and overall give more evidence. So this time I contacted a lawyer and will be working with him to send out my evidence
  6. applicant23

    J1 fear of persecution waiver

    I agree. You should immediately seek legal advice
  7. applicant23

    J1 fear of persecution waiver

    hey @Stillwaiting88 thanks for checking in. I am still waiting for the mail to come, its been over a week since the update in my account. I will let you know the contents of my RFE once I get it!
  8. applicant23

    J1 waiver - Hyderabad

    Are you checking here https://myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov/
  9. applicant23

    J1 fear of persecution waiver

    Thank you @stillwaiting88 ! I have not received the physical copy, my online account was updated only, so I am still waiting to see it in the mail. I did contact a lawyer, and to be honest in that 10 long months I thought how i could have improved my application and I am definitely armed with better arguments and evidence to provide. How is your RFE preparation going?
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    J1 fear of persecution waiver

    So I received an email from dhs saying that they updated my status. I logged in my account and saw REF, but I haven't received an actual mail just yet. Those who had to deal with RFE, what is the time frame given to prepare documents? And what did you or your lawyer had to submit? What does the form(s) look like? I just need some general description please.
  11. applicant23

    J1 fear of persecution waiver

    It sure is really long! I definitely recommend that you look for other ways, at least as a backup. I called uscis again wondering if my case is lost or whatever, the lady just read out bunch of information from the uscis website, which I already know by memory. I asked to expedite, she asked my situation and claimed that I don't qualify for my case to be expedited. Wonderful.
  12. applicant23

    J1 fear of persecution waiver

    @Stillwaiting88 finally you get some news! get on it quick and I wish you the best of luck! I hope your wait will finish soon. fingers crossed!
  13. applicant23

    J1 fear of persecution waiver

    @J1disease hey, first I really like your username. That's how J1 visa waiver feels to me right now - a disease lol. I applied late september 2017, and haven't heard anything back yet.
  14. applicant23

    J1 fear of persecution waiver

    That's it. You got it right, I heard that's how the process goes
  15. applicant23

    J1 fear of persecution waiver

    So weird. I called USCIS yesterday and asked about the status of my case. The agent says she will redirect me to someone else, and hangs up on me. And then for the next 2-3 hours I can't reach anyone and I am on hold. It is very frustrating. Keep hope and please leave messages if there is need to vent. Always open for support! @Stillwaiting88
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