J Visa – Home Residency Requirement – Waiver Application Fee

Payment for the fee for a J visa waiver application must be sent along with the application, or it will be returned to you.


  • Fees once paid, are non-refundable under any circumstances. There are no fee waivers available.
  • You should make a check or money order, drawn on a bank or other institution located in the U.S., and must be made payable in U.S. currency.
  • If you live outside of the U.S. at the time of application, payment may be made by a bank international money order or a foreign draft on an institution in the U.S. This must be made payable in U.S. currency.
  • Make it payable to the “U.S. Department of State”.
  • Include the following information on it:
    • Your waiver case number, if known
    • Your full name
    • Your date and place of birth
    • Your social security number, if you have one
  • An Additional fee is NOT required for a J-2 dependent spouse or any children included on your waiver application.

If you make the payment more than once, the Waiver Review Division will not be able to retrieve your duplicate payment and refund the money to you. 

If you previously applied for a waiver recommendation and were denied, and you would like to apply again under another waiver basis, you will have to pay the fee again. That is because the fee is a processing fee and is kept whether your application is approved or denied. However, while submitting subsequent applications, you should reuse the same case number that you received during your first request.

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