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J Visa Guidebook

Comprehensive one-stop resource for handling exchange visitor nonimmigrant visas.
Publisher: Matthew Bender
Print Book :2 Volumes, Softbound
2018 Edition
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ISBN: 9781522149811
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The J Visa Guidebook is your one-stop resource for dealing with questions related to the exchange visitor nonimmigrant visa program. Written entirely by esteemed attorneys in this area of immigration law, the J Visa Guidebook is a convenient, two-volume, softbound guide covering the regulations on aliens and advising program sponsors how to comply with these regulations. Inside this essential resource you’ll find:

•   A history of the exchange visitor program
•   Coverage of the J-1 program designation process, including the sponsorship requirements for each exchange visitor category
•   Guidance through the steps necessary to secure the U.S. State Department’s approval of a J-1 program application
•   Subjects ranging from the appointment of responsible program officers and the preparation of DS-2019, to recordkeeping requirements, the supervision of J-1 program participants, and sanctions for noncompliance
•   Issues such as the qualifications for the J-1 visa in each exchange visitor category, employment authorization, maintenance of status, reinstatement of status, extension requests, and changes in program categories
•   Clarification on the complex issues relating to the J-1 two-year home residence requirement and possible waivers
•   No-objection letters from over 70 countries
•   Sample hardship applications
•   State-30 information from all currently participating states
•   Over 1,000 pages of appendix material.

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Table of Contents

Volume 1


ABOUT THE AUTHORS


INTRODUCTION


CHAPTER 1 HISTORY OF THE EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAM AND RECENT DEVELOPMENTS


CHAPTER 2 DESIGNATION OF EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAMS


2.1 General Sponsorship Requirements

2.2 Sponsor Requirements for Particular Visitor Categories

2.3 Exchange Visitor Dependents

2.4 Preparing an Application for Program Designation


CHAPTER 3 EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAM OPERATION AND ADMINISTRATION


3.1 General Program Requirements

3.2 Program Staffing and Responsible Officers

3.3 Selection and Orientation of Exchange Visitors

3.4 Preparation and Issuance of Form DS-2019 (formerly IAP-66)

3.5 Completion of Form DS-2019

3.6 Validating and Maintaining SEVIS Records

3.7 Monitoring Exchange Visitor Participants

3.8 Making Technical Corrections and Requesting Reinstatement

3.9 Reporting, Notification and Recordkeeping Requirements; Compliance Reviews

3.10 Sanctions and Terminations of Designation


CHAPTER 4 EXCHANGE VISITOR CATEGORIES AND PROCEDURES


4.1 Definition of a J-1 Exchange Visitor

4.2 J-1 Exchange Visitor Categories


CHAPTER 5 EXCHANGE VISITOR ADMISSION AND PROCEDURES


5.1 Gaining J-1 Admission and the SEVIS Fee

5.2 Maintaining Exchange Visitor Status

5.3 Extensions of Stay and Grace Periods

5.4 Employment of J-1 Exchange Visitors

5.5 Change of J Category

5.6 Exchange Program Transfers

5.7 Violation of Status

5.8 Reinstatement of Status

5.9 Changing to Exchange Visitor Status

5.10 Changing from J-1 Status to Another Nonimmigrant Visa Status

5.11 J-2 Visas for Spouses and Children of J-1 Visa Holders


CHAPTER 6 THE TWO-YEAR HOME RESIDENCE REQUIREMENT AND WAIVERS


6.1 Determining Who is Subject to the Two-year Home Residence Requirement

6.2 Relief from the Two-year Home Country Residence Requirement Other Than Waivers

6.3 Waivers of the Two-year Home Residence Requirement: General Procedures

6.4 Waivers of the Two-year Home Residence Requirement Through ''No Objection'' Statements

6.5 Waivers of the Two-year Home Residence Requirement Based on Hardship to Relatives

6.6 Persecution Waivers

6.7 Interested Government Agency Waivers

6.8 Post-Approval


APPENDIX A STATE DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

APPENDIX B ''NO OBJECTION'' LETTERS FROM SELECTED COUNTRIES

APPENDIX C FEDERAL INTERESTED GOVERNMENT AGENCY INFORMATION

APPENDIX D INTERNET WEB RESOURCE LIST



Volume 2


APPENDIX E STATE 30 PROGRAMS

APPENDIX F POLICY STATEMENTS, LETTER RULINGS, ADVISORY
OPINIONS, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
APPENDIX G LIAISON MINUTES AND CORRESPONDENCE

APPENDIX H FORMS, INFORMATION SHEETS, ARTICLES, AND FLOWCHARTS

INDEX