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State Dept. Notice on Exchange Visitor Program Fees & Charges

[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 20 (Wednesday, January 30, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 6263-6269]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-01555]



22 CFR Part 62

[Public Notice 8163]

RIN 1400-AD28

Exchange Visitor Program--Fees and Charges

AGENCY: U.S. Department of State.

ACTION: Proposed rule with request for comment.

Nonimmigrant Visas: 

WRD (Waiver Review Division) and Waiver Application Issues

Certain exchange visitors (J-1) are subject to a two-year home-country physical presence requirement which requires you to return to your home country for at least two years at the end of your exchange visitor program. This is also known as the foreign residence requirement under U.S. law, Immigration and Nationality Act, section 212(e).

Nonimmigrant Visas: 

ICE Publishes Fact Sheet On Applying For Drivers License Or State Identification Card

ICE fact sheet provides information to designated School officials(DSOs) and responsible officers(ROs) in order to help F, M, or J nonimmigrant visa holders (including both primary and dependent status holders) obtain driver’s licenses or state identification cards.

Nonimmigrant Visas: 
Immigration Law : 

VSC Updates – 09/08/09

H-1B cases subject to the FY2010 cap  -  About 4,000 cases are awaiting RFE responses. In addition about 5,000 cases are pending. VSC has completed about 34,800 FY10 cap cases.  The center (VSC) is right now receiving between 1,200 and 1,600 cap cases a month.

Procedure for requesting a refund of the $1,000 Premium Processing fee  - VSC follows these procedures:

1. As soon as the refund requests are received it is processed.

2. VSC will accept a request in writing.

Taxonomy upgrade extras: 

DOS Publishes Revised J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Skills List

Reference Document: STATE 057336, 06/09


1.  The revised 2009 J-1 visa Exchange Visitor Skills List was published in the Federal Register (Volume 74, Number 82) on April 30, 2009.

2.  The new Skills List is effective on June 28, 2009.

Nonimmigrant Visas: 

Extension of the J-1 Entry Date for International Medical Graduates to Qualify for "Conrad 30" Waiver

USCIS reminds customers that Public Law 111-9, signed by President Obama on March 20, 2009, extends the date until Sept. 30, 2009 by which international medical graduates have to have been granted J-1 nonimmigrant status in order to later qualify for the "Conrad 30" program. Before this latest extension was granted, the most recent sunset date for qualifying J-1 admission was March 6, 2009.

Nonimmigrant Visas: 

J Visa

We have won several cases on extreme and exceptional hardship grounds in addition to the more routine J-1 waivers.  We have also processed several J-1 changes of MUA location matters for physicians.

Nonimmigrant Visas: 


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