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* change of visa status from J2 to H1b
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  klei - 01/03/07 01:21
 
  does anyone know how to go about this? is it possible? i have entered the US as a J2 and have been staying here for around 6 months now...thanks!  
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* Re:change of visa status from J2 to H1b
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  lk - 01/03/07 07:40
 
  Impossible. J2 is subject to J1's waiver. If J1 has not waived the 2 year home country physical appearance rule, J visas can't be switched to any other visa types.  
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* Re:change of visa status from J2 to H1b
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  kita - 01/03/07 10:45
 
  Yes you can if your J2 is as a dependent minor and not as a wife or husband  
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* Re:change of visa status from J2 to H1b
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  pamiboy - 01/03/07 12:04
 
  c'mon kita ...which dependent minor has given USMLE and residency interviews...??? : )).  
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* Re:change of visa status from J2 to H1b
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  ganja_doc - 01/03/07 12:48
 
  kita... lol  
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* Re:change of visa status from J2 to H1b
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  ganja_doc - 01/03/07 12:56
 
  Q 1. Can I change my visa status to J1 while on J2 (J1 visa of my spouse is subject to 212(e))?
2. When you say applying for visa outside US, does that mean the university/applicant has to file the DS2019 once outside US or does that mean that university can get the approval and then the person can go back to his/her country and apply for J-1?

A 1. No. But you can apply for a J-1 visa outside USA.
2. The university will know. Tell them it is the same process as would be adopted for a new J-1 visa for applicant who is outside USA.


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A year ago, I followed my husband to the U.S with my visa status being J2. Now I want to study in America. If I get I-20 from a university, can I transfer my status from J2 to F1? If not,when can I transfer my status? H1B?
A The answer depends whether your husband is subject to the home residency requirement (HRR). If he is subject to the HRR, you can NOT convert to F-1 from within USA. You can go to your home country (preferably) or a third country (a little less preferable) and apply for an F-1 visa.
If he is not subject o HRR, you can apply for the conversion (adjustment of status) from within USA.

(Updated on 02 November 2005)

 
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* Re:change of visa status from J2 to H1b
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  cristina - 06/22/09 12:36
 
  I have J2 and started the residency this year, if my spouse get his waiver (since he's J1) can I change to H1B if my program sponsor it? Thanks  
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* Re:change of visa status from J2 to H1b
#1794029
  hudhud - 06/22/09 13:29
 
  hi all,
Pls help me with this, I am from Iraq, i joined my husband last yr, he is doing residency in internal medicine and he is on J1, I am J2, I did my step 1& 2 for the hope to apply this yr to family medicine, do u mean guys that i can't convert J2 to J1, ohhh my God what shall I do, coz i could not go back home to apply for the visa, there is no US embassy in Iraq and i will never get it now coz we r from Iraq, pls help me, if i could not i have to go i could not stay like that.
my husband is subject to HRR, i got a baby here, we have an attorny he is working on our paper to waive that but he said it is still in peocessing we do not know if it will approved on not, pls help me any other way I can apply this yr.

Thanks for all
 
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* Re:change of visa status from J2 to H1b
#1794079
  honour - 06/22/09 14:25
 
  Hi,

J-2 dependent can work or do residency with EAD (as J-2 is eligible to get EAD).
Once the J1 gets waiver, J-2 can request the program to sponsor H1.
Hope this helps.



 
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* Re:change of visa status from J2 to H1b
#1794154
  hudhud - 06/22/09 15:58
 
  thank u so much for your information  
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* Re:change of visa status from J2 to H1b
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  rex007 - 06/22/09 18:59
 
  what's EAD?  
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