J-1 Waiver Through Hardship Basis Approved for Nepalese Client in South Dakota

CASE: J-1 Waiver of the Two-Year Foreign Residency Requirement, Extreme Hardship NATIONALITY:  Nepalese LOCATION: South Dakota Our Nepalese client came to the U.S. as a J-1 scholar with a Fulbright scholarship in 2014.  His J-1 status made him subject to the two-year foreign resident requirement. Our client would like to file his adjustment of status application along with his I-140 NIW application; however, due to the two-year foreign residency requirement, he had to obtain a waiver first. Unlike our other J-1 clients, our client could not pursue his waiver under No Objection Statement or Interest Government Agency (IGA). Our client also received government funding (Fulbright scholarship) for his research programs which made his case pretty much impossible for the No Objection Statement or IGA waiver route. Our client, though, would like to pursue his J-1 waiver based on exceptional hardship standard. In fact, our client’s U.S. citizen son is experiencing…

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