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J1 Visa Waiver Application Process - Stage 3 (Department of State J1 Waiver)

After receiving the clearance from all three (or two) offices as mentioned in J1 visa waiver Stage 2, the applicant needs to complete an online application form DS3035 with the Department of State (also referred to as DOS for J1 waiver).

Table of Contents: J1 Visa Waiver

What is a DOS J1 Waiver?

DOS J1 waiver is the final step (stage 3) to waive the two-year foreign residency requirement. Please refer to this link and the Department of State website will guide you through the information needed. Note that the physical DS3035 form is no longer accepted by DOS, the DS3035 form has to be completed online through the DOS website.

After you finish the online application form DS3035 on the DOS website, a case number will be generated at the end along with a PDF package (the PDF will consist of two sets). The next step is for the applicant to create two separate packages for this, NORI Stage 3.

DOS J1 Waiver (Package 1)

One set is generated with the DS3035 package and includes the J1 visa waiver supporting documents (mentioned below).

  1. Statement of Reason is a page generated with the DS3035 package. You can click the link to view the DS-3035 statement of reason template that I submitted.

  2. Passport copies of exchange visitors (first and last pages).

  3. Visa and latest I-94 copy.

  4. Copies of all DS2019 issued.

  5. Two self-addressed stamped envelopes.

  6. The cashier's check of $120 (will be mentioned on the DS3035 PDF package).

  7. Current address proof like a copy of the driver's license, State ID, etc.

  8. Cover letter: It's optional. Applicant can briefly write a cover letter mentioning the case number, the purpose of sending, and a list of documents included.

DOS J1 Waiver Mailing Address

Create this package and send Package 1 to the following DOS J1 Waiver address:

Postal Service

Department of State J-1 Waiver

P.O. Box 979037

St. Louis, MO 63197-9000

Courier Service

Department of State J-1 Waiver

P.O. Box 979037

1005 Convention Plaza

St. Louis, MO 63101-1200

Note: According to one of the comments, these addresses have been updated. Please cross-check before sending. Postal Service: Department of State J-1 Waiver P.O. Box 979037 3180 Rider Trail S., Earth City, MO 63045. Courier Service: Department of State J-1 Waiver 3180 Rider Trail S Earth City, MO. 63045

DOS J1 Waiver (Package 2)

Package 2 for the J1 waiver includes the third copy barcode page and the following documents:

  1. Copies of all NOCs.

  2. Cashier's check or money order for a total of $25 + $2 (for using the miscellaneous service). You can make it as a single payment or a separate payment.

  3. One self-addressed envelope for receiving the notice confirming that your clearance has been sent to the embassy.

  4. Copies of passport front and back page, I-94, visa, driving license (proof of my current address), and the cover letter received during stage 1. It was not mentioned for CGI-SF but I have included it with my package.

  5. Biodata & affidavit from Stage 1: Although I don't believe it is mandatory, I have not included it in the package. Applicants who wish to include it can do so.

  6. Cover letter: It's optional. Applicant can briefly write a cover letter mentioning the case number, the purpose of sending, and a list of documents included.

Mailing Address

Send the package to your respective consulate general of India, in my case it was CGI-SF. You can find the list of consulate, address, and contact information here.

Consulate General Of India 540 Arguello Blvd,

San Francisco, CA 94118

Don't forget to write the case number on both packages.

Also, ensure to check your respective consulate pages for Stage 3 documents since it varies between all the consulates. You will find the NORI link associated with each consulate in the same previous link where I have shared the list of Indian consulates.

What's Next?

  • The applicant will receive a copy of the recommendation for the waiver addressed to the Indian embassy in Washington (only if you have provided a self-addressed stamped envelope), along with a copy of the third barcode page.

  • The Indian Embassy in Washington will forward your No Objection Statement to the Waiver Review Division.

  • Based on my experience, you will also receive a copy of the No Objection Statement (NOS) from CGI Washington, D.C.

  • After this, you can check your status on the DOS website using your case number. Your case number will become active and it will show up online. However, it might take 1 month or more for a case number to become active after the DOS has received the documents.

  • The status will typically display 'Pending' until the review process begins upon receipt of the following documents (see below). It will gradually show online which documents they have received, so please be patient.

  1. No Objection from the Indian Embassy

  2. Fee

  3. DS3035 Form

  4. Copies of DS2019

  5. Statement of reason

  6. Passport data pages

  • It may take 2-6 months and the status will then change to "favorable recommendation" unless there is any denial to grant you a waiver.

  • Once a recommendation has been made, your case will be electronically forwarded to the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) Vermont Service Center (VSC) where your J-1 waiver eligibility will be determined.

  • Probably in 14-20 days, you will receive an I-797 notice of action from USCIS, which will also contain your receipt number and you can check your case status online using that receipt number.

  • Mostly after this within a week or two your case will be approved and form I-612 (waiver) will be sent out to the applicant by USCIS. It might take up to 2 weeks to receive the I-612 waiver.

Congratulations! 🎉 You have completed your J1 waiver process. Hurdle crossed :) I hope this J1 waiver blog will be helpful for people going through this process.

I encourage you to ask any questions you may have by posting your query in the comments section of the Introduction, Stage 1, or Stage 2. Please note that comments on this post are now closed due to the high volume of comments received.

I-612 Processing Time

The following table shows the I-612 processing times for 80% and 100% of applications for a waiver of the 2-year foreign residence requirement. This data is refreshed frequently from USCIS.

Similarly, these are the I-612 processing times for applications seeking a waiver of the 2-year foreign residence requirement based on exceptional hardship or persecution.

J1 Waiver Timeline / Processing Time

J1 waiver processing time can vary from 8 to 20 months for India, depending on the number of clearances you need and the state you are in. I have shared my timeline in an earlier blog.

These are a few timelines shared by people in the comments. I am organizing it below so that others can easily read it. Thank you everyone for your contribution toward sharing the timeline.


August 2021- Stage 1.

September-November, 2021- Stage 2.

December 20, 2021 - Stage 3 Documents delivered to DOS

Jan 5, 2022 - NOS sent by Indian Embassy

March 15, 2022 - Case status updated on DOS website (NOS still pending)

<April-June- 2022: I pushed the Indian Embassy via email to resend my NOS twice!>

June 15, 2022 - NOS updated. (Backdated to March 15, 2022)

August 15, 2022 - DOS reached out to me for clarifications about my govt. sponsored J1.

August-Sept, 2022- Sponsor View requested and received by DOS.

September 25, 2022 - FR received and the case sent to USCIS.

October 4, 2022- Received via mail confirmation of receipt form I-797 from USCIS

October 14, 2022- Received Final document of Approval form I- 612 from USCIS


23rd May documents delivered at DOS office

23rd May documents delivered at CGI ATL

24th May - CGI ATL issued a Waiver certificate

1st June - I received the copy of the Waiver certificate that was issued by CGI

3rd June - CGI mailed the waiver certificate to the Indian embassy in Washington

8th June - Waiver certificate from CGI delivered to Indian embassy at Washington

13th June - The Indian embassy issued clearance certificate

14th June - The Embassy emailed the No Objection to DOS

15th June - The Embassy emailed a copy of No Objection to me

1st July - DOS updated my file online (backdated to 30th June) - documents received (except the NOS)

28th July - DOS updated the NOS and backdated to 29th June

14th Sep - FR issued by DOS (I didn't receive any mail from DOS)

26th Sep - USCIS Receipt received (I-797)

Currently waiting for USCIS to process the final document (I-612).

​@Dolon Bhattacharyya

I am sharing my timeline in the hopes that it will give you all an idea of what the current DOS processing speed:

December 26, 2021 - Send Documents to DOS via USPS

Jan 1, 2022 - Documents delivered

Jan 5, 2022 - NOC sent by Indian Embassy

March 25, 2022 - Case status updated on DOS website (NOC pending)

My DS-2019 expiry was July 31, 2022. However, I still had 2 more years left on J1. Because of the delays in J1 waiver processing, I applied for a DS-2019 extension via my University's international office. They asked me to contact DOS first.

June 28, 2022 - Contacted DOS about extending DS-2019. They asked me to send a scan of the new one once I have it in hand.

July 28, 2022 - Sent scan of new DS-2019 which got added to my case file the next day. Typically the University will take ~10 days to issue a new DS-2019, but in my case, it was more because I changed institutes.

July 29, 2022 - NOC got updated and backdated to March 24, 2022.

August 10, 2022 - FR received and case sent to USCIS.

FYI If your DS-2019 is about to end with your waiver pending and you have used less than 5 years of your J1 time, then contact your University's ISSS immediately and extend your DS-2019. This extension can be done as long as your case is pending at DOS. If DOS issues its recommendation and the case gets sent to USCIS you will not be able to extend your DS-2019 anymore.


Here is my timeline, I hope people can find it useful.

Nov 18, 2021, sent the application to DOS

Nov 22, 2021 application reached DOS (FedEx stamp)

Dec 29, 2021, the Embassy sent NOS to DOS

March 14, 2022, DOS updated online that documents are received (not NOS)

April 1, 2022 NOS still missing, DOS answered an email stating NOS will appear soon

May 4, 2022, NOS updated on the portal backdated March 13th (after several emails)

May 6, 2022, DOS favorable recommendation (backdated May 04, 2022)

June 17, 2022 Receipt from USCIS (received in the mail June 20)

On June 21, 2022, USCIS sent the case to another office

On June 27, 2022, USCIS approved the case

On July 2nd, 2022 received the approval letter

​@Esha Ganguly

It took me 6 months to get a FR and I am yet to receive the USCIS approval.

My timeline:

17 Nov, 2021: Application sent

March 22, 2022: Case appeared online for the 1st time

April 21, 2022: NOC updated, backdated to March 22, 2022

May 12, 2022: FR reflects online and the file sent

Hope this helps!

@Kiruphagaran Thangaraju

Thank you very much for your help. I received the waiver. It took almost a year.


March 2021 sent the application to the Indian Embassy D.C.

May 2021 sent documents to India requesting NOC

August 15th, 2021 Sent application to DOS

October 19th, 2021 DOS updated online that documents are received

February 20th, 2022 DOS favorable recommendation

March 3rd, 2022 Receipt from USCIS

March 9th, 2022 case approved

March 14th, 2022 received the approval letter

FAQs on J1 Waiver

How to contact the Department of State for a J1 waiver after stage 3?

You can contact them via email at I used this email address for my J1 waiver process and received a response within 10 days.

How to check the J1 waiver status?

You can check the J1 waiver status at

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539 commentaires

mayur devare
mayur devare
10 juil.

Hi, does anybody knoe if the USCIS send i797c notice of action to India address? I got FR on 21st june 2024.


Hi Hina,

This is Preksha, writing on behalf of my husband Dr. Rachith, who is a J1 waiver applicant

from Belgium. My question goes like this,

My husband received NOC from MHRD on Nov 2023. He assumed this is the only NOC that needs to be produced and sent the waiver application form to USA. It is then we got to know that we need to collect NOC from 2 other departments (Home department and RPO).

Currently we received all three NOC’s which will be submitted to the Embassy .

My question is that do we have to reapply the waiver application form to US or the older one which was sent in Nov 2023 holds good?

Thanks in advance.

En réponse à

Hi Preksha, I'm a bit confused by your question. If you're referring to DS3035, I'd suggest filling it out again and sending it along with your new application. Thanks.


Hi Hina, I have a question regarding the $120 cashier's check/money drawn from a U.S. bank (Stage III application fee - DOS). Do they mean the US bank or any bank in the US? I purchased a money order from Wells Fargo bank. Do you think it will work? Thank you.

En réponse à

Hi Anand, Wells Fargo's money order should work fine. They mean any financial institutions in the US. Thanks.


Rahul A S
Rahul A S
21 mars

Hi Hina! I am on J2 as a high school senior currently. We did apply for the waiver and we are almost 4 months into the DOS process. The university that I plan to attend has issued me I-20 too. Can I switch to F1 visa without the waiver by going to India and getting my stamp? I’ve read that it’s possible to switch to F1 from J series without the waiver and yes I would need the waiver to switch to any work visa in the future once my F1 ends. I just want some clarification, if possible!


En réponse à

Hi Rahul, yes, you can switch to an F1 visa without a waiver. Thanks.


usha mithu
usha mithu
08 mars

If last name is printed wrong on I797C, what can be done?

En réponse à

Hi Usha, you need to submit the typographical error service request with USCIS, and you can do this online. Please use this link - USCIS Link. Thanks.


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