U.S. Department of State Procedures for J-1 Waivers?

Beginning March 31, 2000, the State Department revised the J-1 waiver process, resulting in dramatically different procedures. Listed below are detailed instructions on how to process any 212(e)-based waiver.

To apply for a J-1 Waiver Recommendation, applicants must complete a J-1 Visa Waiver Review Application, including the J-1 Visa Waiver Review Application (also known as the Data Sheet), two self-addressed, stamped, legal-size envelopes (SASE) and a processing fee of US$230 per application in the form of a cashier's check or money order payable to the U.S. State Department and mail it to:

(Courier Service)

US Department of State
Waiver Review Division
Box 952137
1005 Convention Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101-1200

(Regular Service)

US Department of State
Waiver Review Division
P. O. Box 952137
St. Louis, MO 63195-2137

Please include the applicant's following information on the cashier's check or money order:

  • Name
  • Date and Place of Birth

To print out the J-1 Visa Waiver Review Application, please click here.

Once the Waiver Review Division has received the applicant's J-1 Visa Waiver Review Application, additional instructions will be sent along with the applicant's assigned case number. The instructions will include a list of oustanding documents that must be submited in order to complete the application. After the applicant has received the applicant's assigned case number, the applicant must write the case number on all submitted documentation as well as on the outside envelopes of all future correspondence. If the applicant does not comply with these instructions, the submitted documents will be returned back to the applicant.


Applicant should submit all requested documents to the State Department. Some documents, such as the "No Objection" statement must be submitted directly to the Waiver Review Division by the Home Country's Embassy. The applicant should request that the Embassy write the case number on the "No Objection" statement as well as on the outside of the envelope.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the file is complete. You can check the application's status by calling (202) 663-1600. Applicant must know the case number in order to obtain the case status.

Once it has reviewed the complete file, the Waiver Review Division will forward its recommendation directly to the USCIS. The applicant will receive a copy of the recommendation at the address provided on the applicant's J-1 Visa Waiver Review Application. If the application is denied, however, he or she will be directly notified.

For more information about J-1 visa, please refer to the following links:
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