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USCIS Updates Policy on 2-Year Foreign Residence Requirement for J-1 Exchange Visitors

Revised Guidelines U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a policy update regarding the 2-year foreign residence requirement for J-1 nonimmigrant exchange visitors. This article provides a summary of the key changes:

Determining Requirement Fulfillment: The guidance outlines how USCIS assesses compliance with the 2-year foreign residence requirement. It explains the evidence that benefit requestors can submit to demonstrate compliance and addresses scenarios where it’s practically impossible to meet the requirement.

Waivers for Foreign Medical Graduates: The update rectifies an omission from the existing Policy Manual content concerning waivers for foreign medical graduates. It includes this missing ground and clarifies associated employment requirements.

Immediate Effect: These guidelines are in effect immediately upon publication. They pertain to the J-1 nonimmigrant classification, which encompasses exchange visitors engaged in various approved programs within the United States.

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