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How to Expedite J1 Waiver?

Updated: Apr 3

Expedited processing of the J1 waiver application is not typical. However, it is available for J1 waiver cases with urgent or justifiable humanitarian needs, or cases that demonstrate clear and significant US government interest. Mostly, J1 waiver cases are expedited due to humanitarian needs.

Obtaining a J1 waiver on time is crucial for those wanting to stay longer in the US, especially if subject to a two-year home residency rule. I know of a scenario where a friend had to travel back to India for a few months as she could not get a J1 waiver on time. Fortunately, she obtained the waiver after two months and returned to the USA. I'm also aware of people who successfully expedited their J1 waiver applications.

While I know of a couple of ways to expedite the J1 waiver application, it's important to note that this is not a 100% guaranteed process. Ultimately, everything is at the discretion of the Department of State (DOS).

01. Expedite J1 Waiver By Email

One option is to send an email to However, no one can guarantee its effectiveness, as it depends on the specific circumstances of each case. Expedited options are typically reserved for humanitarian reasons, so the strength of your reason will determine its success.

You need to send an email explaining your circumstances and attach supporting documents that prove the basis of your expedited reason. The Department of State usually responds within 10 days, but one can always send follow-up emails. Include the following details when structuring your email:

  • Case number

  • Your full name

  • Date of birth

  • The basis under which you are applying for a waiver

  • A brief explanation of your inquiry [reasons]

  • Supporting documents

Here are some example reasons to expedite a J1 waiver application:

One of the reasons could be a financial loss where you can explain how your family, house mortgage, kid's education, etc.. depends on your income, and if you don't get a waiver on time you will have to quit your job, sell the house, interrupt kids education. You can show your monthly mortgage statement or your kid's education some sort of proof.
Another reason could be a job offer and you can share the offer letter explaining how important is this job offer for you and that you need a waiver to join a firm from so and so date. If you don't get a waiver on time you will lose this opportunity. One of my friends expedited his case as he had a job offer and he was able to get it.

Sample Email to Expedite J1 Waiver


Full Name:


Contact Information:

Case Number:

Current Status in the US:

Subject: Request for Expedited Processing of J1 Waiver - [Your Full Name] - Case Number: [Your Case Number]

Dear Sir/Madam,

I hope this email finds you well. My name is [Your Full Name], and I am writing to request expedited processing of my J1 waiver application due to some urgent circumstances. I am seeking expedited processing due to [Clearly explain the humanitarian or justifiable reason for expedited processing. Provide specific details about your situation].

Please find attached the following documents supporting my expedited request:

  • [List the documents you are attaching]

  • [Such as medical records, doctor's letter, or any relevant evidence]

I am committed to providing any additional information or documentation required promptly. If there are any concerns or additional details needed, please do not hesitate to contact me. I appreciate your attention to this matter and understand that the decision is at the discretion of the Department of State.

Thank you.


[Your Full Name]

[Your Contact Information]

02. Contacting a Member of Congress or Senator

The second option to expedite the J1 waiver application is by contacting congressmen or a senator. This should be your last option and should be done only in case of an emergency.

Also referred to as a congressman or congresswoman, each representative is elected to a two-year term serving the people of a specific congressional district. The number of voting representatives in the House is fixed by law at no more than 435, proportionally representing the population of the 50 states.

First, you need to know who is the congressman in your zip code. You can find it here.

expedite j1 waiver

After you know who is your congressman, you can try reaching out to them via email or phone. Email is the most effective way as it's convenient and easy to keep track of.

If there is an emergency or if you prefer to speak over the phone, you can also contact them over the phone. You will find the contact number on the same page after searching for your congressman by zip code.

Usually, there is a dedicated staff member who takes care of immigration services and he will be able to help you by contacting DOS on your behalf and expediting your case based on your situation. They will ask you for the reason (which you need to summarize in the letter), perhaps you have to send the proof of reason as to why you need an expedition.

Thank you! Please comment if you have any further questions, I will try to help to the best of my knowledge.

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9 comentários

03 de mar. de 2023

J1 waiver . I am waiting for j1 waiver since august 2022. It seems DOS has not updated any August cases yet. Any Idea about this.

Hina Singh
Hina Singh
11 de jun. de 2023
Respondendo a

This was the latest timeline from one of the members. Hope this help both of you.

Thank you @RC


23 de fev. de 2023

Hi Hina,

I did sent them new job offer and ask them to expedite. However, it has been almost 9 days, I have not heard back. Is it best to wait or send them a follow up? My application was received in October 2022, still showing pending. All the documents were received for them to process. Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks.

Hina Singh
Hina Singh
02 de mar. de 2023
Respondendo a

Hi Ravi,

For me it took 16 weeks but it was in 2021. I have heard from friends that these days it is taking longer than expected. I think you will hear something soon. You can also try by contacting senator. Good luck!




Kate Ford
Kate Ford
15 de fev. de 2023

Hi! Did you expedite your waiver when applying for it?

Hina Singh
Hina Singh
21 de fev. de 2023
Respondendo a

Hi Kate,

I didn’t expedite mine since I got mine on time. But I know lot of people who did it.

Thank You




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