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Application Process and Checklist

Application Process

  • Applicants should begin the J-1 waiver process at least six months prior to expiration of Visa
  • Fulbright Scholarship candidates must have a waiver or other documentation

Application Checklist

  • Application with supporting documentation
  • Defense sponsor letter (addressed to USIA or to us) with contract # and title (MUST HAVE) and MUST be signed by SES or flag rank level (exception - applicant working in a Defense lab, Defense university, or Defense facility).
    • Must state why it is in the public interest to request this waiver (ie. -why is it mission critical for the Department of Defense)
  • Copies of all [DS2019 forms or formally IAP-66 forms] must be included.
  • Copy of DS 3035 form and Waiver case number.
  • Full copy of the applicant's passport is requested (all pages)



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