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J1 Visa Waiver Application Process and Timeline (Stage 3)

I am post-doctoral research scientist with University of California, Riverside and I have recently gone through J1 visa waiver process. I am sharing my experience with everyone which I believe would help others to obtain J1 waiver easily.

I referred several blogs and videos which was time consuming. I have divided the whole process into 4 sections:

  1. Introduction

  2. Stage 1

  3. Stage 2

  4. Stage 3

Previous Page: Stage 2

Stage 3

After receiving clearance form all the three (or two) office as mentioned in Stage 2, the applicant needs to complete an online application for DS-3035 with Department of State.

Please see the link and site will guide you through the information needed.

After you finish online application for DS-3035, a case number will be generated at the end along with a PDF package (the PDF will consists of two sets).

Now, applicant need to make two separate packages:

Package 1

  1. Set one generated with the DS-3035 package along with supporting documents (mentioned below).

  2. Statement of reason (page generated with DS-3035 package)

  3. Passport copy of exchange visitors (first and last page)

  4. Visa and I-94 copy

  5. Copies of all DS-2019 issued

  6. Two self addressed stamped envelop

  7. Cashier's check of $120 (will be mentioned on the DS3035 PDF package)

Send the Packet to following address:

Postal Service

Department of State J-1Waiver

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

Package 2

  1. Set 2; i.e. third copy barcode page

  2. Cashier check or money order of $25 + S2 (for using miscellaneous service). You can make for the total amount or separate.

  3. One self addressed envelop; to receive the notice that your clearance is 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 mention for CGI-SF but I have included it with my package.

Send the package to your respective consulate, in my case it was CGI-SF.

Consulate General Of India 540 Arguello Blvd,

San Francisco, CA 94118

Please write your case number on the packages.

Note: Please ensure to check your respective consulate pages for Stage 3 documents since it varies between all the consulates.

What will happen next after applicant has posted both the packages:

  1. The applicant will receive a copy recommendation of waiver addressed to Indian embassy in Washington (only if you have provided a self addressed stamped envelop). The Indian embassy, Washington will forward your No objection statement to the waiver review division.

  2. After this you can check your status on DOS website using your case number.

  3. The status mostly shows pending, and the review process starts when following documents are received (see below). It will appear online step by step on what documents they have received so please wait patiently.

  • No objection from Indian embassy

  • Fee

  • DS-3035 Form

  • Copies of DS-2019

  • Statement of reason

  • Passport pages

It will take up to 4-8 weeks and the status will change to favorable recommendation (most of the cases), and a recommendation will be sent to USCIS.

After that, probably in 14 days you will receive I-797 notice of action from USCIS. Mostly after this within a week or two the applicant will receive an official I-797 approval notice from USCIS.

Congratulations! You have received your waiver. I hope this blog will be helpful for people going through the process.

Please drop me message in the the comment section below if you have any queries. I will get back to you ASAP.

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