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This week, Murthy Law Firm attorneys will answer questions regarding physician issues, including waivers, J-1s and H1B cap exemptions.    

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Hello Attorney_22, 

Thank you for your help. 
My questions are specific for J1 visa holder, J1 waiver in process (early phase)

1. Is it too risky to travel out of US while J1 waiver is in process? Getting visa stamp in Canada or India.

2. If it is risky, what exactly makes it risky?


Thank you in advance. 

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It is legally  permissible for a J-1 noncitizen to travel outside the United States while the waiver process is in its early stages. Once the favorable recommendation has been made by the Department of State, it is very inadvisable for the J-1 noncitizen to travel outside the United States.

Having said that, one needs to keep in mind that it is not unreasonable for a Consular Officer to ask about the waiver process or intentions and use that as a negative factor to refuse visa issuance. 

Consequently, the best advice is for a J-1 noncitizen to abstain from international travel after the waiver process has commenced.

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A close relative of mine is working as medical doctor after completing residency on J-1 visa.

He had two year home country rule. He waived that by working in under-served area on h1b and just he just completed two years. The I-130 is filed (GC Spouse ) and priority date is current. His attorney says that he needs to complete three years (another one year) to apply for I-485.

He is wondering if this is true as PD is current.

When can be I-485 be filed in this case?

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