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LeslieKnope

2017 J-1 waiver based on hardship processing time

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Hello, 

See below my J1 waiver based on hardship application timeline. The length was almost exactly a year.

Background of our case:

2009 :J-1 visa obtained with US funds for a 2 month program

2010: Came to the US for grad school with a F-1 visa

2014 - 2017: Used OPT and OPT STEM extension to work

2016: South American and American Citizen marry

Late 2016: With the help of a team of experienced lawyers in J1 waivers we applied to the hardship waiver based on: medical and psychological hardship, career disruption, economic disruption, and severe political and social conditions in the home country

Couple has no kids

I know how hard and painful this process is. But believe it or not one day it will be over! I can't believe I no longer have to check the j1waiver website everyday. I promise myself that once our case was finalized and I would share our case with other J1 waiver fellows. 

Wish you the best, stay positive, stay busy!

Office

Item

Action

Date

USCIS

Form I-612

Received

October 19 2016

DOS

Fee

Received

November 02 2016

DOS

Form DS-3035

Received

November 02 2016

DOS

Form DS-2019

Received

November 02 2016

DOS

Passport Data Page

Received

November 02 2016

DOS

Form G-28

Received

November 02 2016

DOS

Statement of Reason

Received

November 02 2016

USCIS

Non-USCIS advisory opinion for Form I-612

Requested

March 31 2017

DOS

Form I-612

Received

April 04 2017

DOS

Form I-613

Received

April 04 2017

DOS

Request for Sponsor Views

Sent

April 05 2017

DOS

Sponsor Views

Received

September 11 2017

DOS

Recommendation

Sent

October 10 2017

USCIS

Approval

 

October 17 2017

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Applied for hardship waiver. My case is with DOS. 

I612/613 received on 10/17

today I saw a update which says i612/613 date changed to 11/6 and letter of need received . What is letter of need. So far I have not seen this in any hardship waiver timeline. Please help thanks 

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@LeslieKnope

Hi there, Congrats. 

I have applied for J1 Hardship waiver in 2016. After the RFE and long process time DOS received the I-612 and I-613 on 28th Feb, 2018. DOS requested for Sponsor Views and it’s been 4 months since they asked for Sponsor views. My scholarship was for 5 months and the funding was from State Department. 

It’s been sometime since DOS requested for sponsor views. Should i wait for their response or how should I contact my sponsors to look up the request from DOS? 

I’d appreciate your reply. Thanks

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