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NORI cover letter for Home Department (J1 waiver stage 2)

Updated: Dec 18, 2022

I am sharing my NORI cover letter for the J1 visa waiver (as mentioned in stage 2) for the Home Department of State. If you are looking for a J1 waiver application process end-to-end, please start from the following post. Getting a J1 waiver is a very time-consuming and lengthy process, you will definitely find my own experience helpful.

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Cover letter for NORI (Home Department)

Please update the grey area based on your details. This cover letter is not mandatory but it's always good to have it so that it's easier for the officer who is handling your case.

Date: dd/mm/yyyy


<your name>,

<your address>


Under Secretary,

Government of Uttar Pradesh,

Home (Visa) Section 4,

Anubhag, Lucknow 226001.

Dear Sir/Madam,

Subject: Request to grant NORI certificate.

I am currently in the USA on a J1 exchange visitor visa as a Postdoctoral Fellow (Passport number K1234567) at the University of XYZ, ABC. I am writing this letter to request you to kindly grant me a NORI (No Obligation to Return to India) certificate.

I need this in order to get a waiver certificate from the Embassy of India in the USA for purpose of immigration (conversion of J1 visa to H1). For this purpose, I need to get clearance from my State Government Office. I would like to assure you that I have not been sponsored or provided with certain privileges by the Government of India or/ Government of any State in India.

Further, I have not given any definite undertaking to return to India, and my presence in India is not required regarding any civil or criminal proceedings.

I am enclosing the required testimonials for your reference.

Thanking You.


<your name>


1. Attested statement and Affidavit

2. Self-Attested copies of Passport and Visa

3. Self-Attested copies of Certificates (Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc., and High School)

4. DS-2019

5. Resume

Once again, this cover letter is not mandatory, and it's up to you if you want to include this or not, but I would recommend you keep it as the cover letter.

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