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Did you file for the J-1 status inside the U.S. before your I-94 expired? The U.S. government has to approve your change of status to J-1. The visa you can only receive you are outside of the U.S. But you only need the visa to enter the U.S. Your I-94 is what matters. So did you get a new I-94 from the U.S. government because of a J-1 approval by the U.S. government?
Hi Thanks for responding,
I never applied for any Visa within the US and never received any J-1 or I-94 because, as a US citizen, I am allowed to travel to Germany for 90 days which they call a "tourist visa". I was told to apply at the German "Ausländerbehörde" (Immigration Office) for a visa from them. I have done so and the German government sent me a letter that says (translated):
The Deutschland Bundesrepublic is granting you a "Aufenthaltserlaubnis nach 18 Abs. 3 AufenthG"
To receive your request for an electronic Residence permit, an appointment is required. Please bring along a valid passport, passport photo, and Au-Pair contract.
However, I've already had an appointment in which I was pre-approved by the city (Essen). They lady in the office then sent my paper work to the Federal government. I was actually denied at first because I wasn't getting paid enough by my employer. We changed the contract, faxed it to the federal government, then I received this letter. I now am waiting to have an appointment with the Immigration Office in Essen. My visa (which I never applied for because a US citizen doesn't need one traveling to Germany) is now passed the 90 day mark but have a letter saying I'm approved for a visa yet haven't received it officially.
No problem, and my apologizes for asking a question that doesn't fall under your area of expertise. Thank you for transferring my question.