nice to find this forum. I wish I found it earlier as I just sent my J-1 waiver application. According to the published wait times I was expecting 3-4 months of wait time, but going thru your posts obviously it's way longer.
my case is based on fear of persecution but I haven't submitted any evidence. I have a detailed statement of reason though. Not sure whether that would cause RFE or just unfavorable decision (thoughts?)
Also do you think how long ago I was on J-1 makes any difference? As it has been almost 9 years now.