I-612 J1 Hardship Waiver Successful Case: Overcoming the Two-Year Home Country Requirement

Our client, a Fulbright scholar from Norway, faced a significant challenge due to the two-year home country requirement under 212(E). While in the U.S., he met and married his wife, who suffers from anxiety and minor depression. She is employed and attending university in the U.S. If he had to return to Norway to fulfill his two-year requirement, it would have caused considerable hardship for his wife in various aspects of her life.

Upon taking the case, we collaborated closely with our clients to meticulously document the hardships and gather supporting evidence. Our comprehensive approach convinced USCIS of the significant hardship, resulting in a favorable recommendation to the State Department. Both the State Department and the Fulbright program concurred with our assessment and approved the waiver.

Contrary to common belief, it is not necessary to have a U.S. citizen child to obtain a hardship waiver. Although the J1 hardship waiver is notoriously difficult to secure, we have successfully obtained approvals for many clients, including Fulbright scholars.

If you need assistance with a similar case, please contact us at 305-515-0613 or info@messersmithlaw.com. We are here to help.

Securing a Fulbright J-1 Waiver: A Successful Case with the U.S. Department of Energy

Navigating the complexities of securing a Fulbright J-1 waiver through the Interested Government Agency (IGA) category can be daunting, but our client’s journey with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) showcases the power of perseverance and expert legal guidance. Our client, a distinguished researcher in renewable energy, faced the two-year home residency requirement, which threatened to interrupt his groundbreaking work in the United States. Determined to continue his contributions to the energy sector, he sought our assistance in obtaining a J-1 waiver.

Our legal team meticulously crafted a compelling case, highlighting the significant impact of our client’s research on national energy initiatives. We worked closely with the DOE to secure their interest and support, emphasizing how his continued work in the U.S. would align with their strategic goals. By gathering extensive documentation, including letters of support and detailed descriptions of his research projects, we demonstrated his exceptional value to the national interest.

After a rigorous review process, our client’s J-1 waiver was successfully approved through the Interested Government Agency category. This success allowed him to remain in the United States and continue his vital research without interruption. Our client’s story is a testament to the importance of tailored legal strategies and the potential to achieve favorable outcomes even in complex cases. His victory not only advanced his career but also contributed to the ongoing advancements in renewable energy, proving that with the right support, overcoming the challenges of a J-1 waiver is attainable.

Do you have a similar case or one that seems hopeless? Don’t be discouraged. We have successfully handled many complex cases. If you are facing a similar inadmissibility issue, contact us by phone at 305 515 0613 or email us at info@messersmithlaw.com.