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No the maximum amount of time you may be in the US on a J1 as a short term scholar is 6 months. No extension is permitted.
You cannot apply for a change of program in the US from this category of J1.
So there is no way to waive this law
No there is no exception for this visa category to extend beyond 6 months. That is why it is a short-term scholar. It is strictly defined by law.
I had previous J1 . Do you have any way to shorten the 12 months bar?
This is a new issue but I will give you the courtesy of an answer.
No, you cannot get a waiver of the 12 month bar. You may want to consider having the employer petition you for another visa category such as an O visa if you are extraordinary in your field or an H1B. If the employer is a university you would not be subject to the cap.
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