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See below my J1 waiver based on hardship application timeline. The length was almost exactly a year.

Background of our case:

2009 :J-1 visa obtained with US funds for a 2 month program

2010: Came to the US for grad school with a F-1 visa

2014 - 2017: Used OPT and OPT STEM extension to work

2016: South American and American Citizen marry

Late 2016: With the help of a team of experienced lawyers in J1 waivers we applied to the hardship waiver based on: medical and psychological hardship, career disruption, economic disruption, and severe political and social conditions in the home country

Couple has no kids

I know how hard and painful this process is. But believe it or not one day it will be over! I can't believe I no longer have to check the j1waiver website everyday. I promise myself that once our case was finalized and I would share our case with other J1 waiver fellows.

Wish you the best, stay positive, stay busy!

Office Item Action Date
USCIS Form I-612 Received October 19 2016
DOS Fee Received November 02 2016
DOS Form DS-3035 Received November 02 2016
DOS Form DS-2019 Received November 02 2016
DOS Passport Data Page Received November 02 2016
DOS Form G-28 Received November 02 2016
DOS Statement of Reason Received November 02 2016
USCIS Non-USCIS advisory opinion March 31 2017
DOS Form I-612 Received April 04 2017
DOS Form I-613 Received April 04 2017
DOS Request for Sponsor Views Sent April 05 2017
DOS Sponsor Views Received September 11 2017
DOS Recommendation Sent October 10 2017
USCIS Approval October 17 2017
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