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Guillermo J. Senmartin, Esq., Immigration Lawyer
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My wife is here on a J-1 (w/ 2 yr home requirement). We

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JA: Hello. How can I help?
Customer: My wife is here on a J-1 (w/ 2 yr home requirement). We filed for hardship about 1 year ago (I'm the US citizen and my daughter is a US citizen). My wife got her J-1 extended through October to complete the boards (initially expired 6/30). We are still waiting for decision... and my wife is 20 weeks pregnant
JA: What is the expiration date? Has a renewal or extension request been made?
Customer: The extension has been granted through Oct 31.
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer?
Customer: yep just looking for other advice or other ideas... since IF our I-612 is denied what do we do? My wife can't travel in the last tri semester
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: home country is the philippines... can we extend the J-1 further due to pregenancy?

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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
if denied, what are other ways to stay in the US legally; keeping in mind the pregnancy and hoping to work sooner than later? (eg. if a federal agency/hospital agrees to hire, how long would that j-1 waiver take to process along with a premium processing H1-B).
We just need an assurance on our our alternate plan if the I-612 is not approved

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So the J-1 waiver has not been approved yet? Or has it been denied?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
RFE was sent out in early April 2017 (initially submitted case in September 2016). We responded to the RFE on April 19, 2017.
And have had no response since then.
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
We want to be prepared for next steps in case it is denied. (our plan B)

Well, you can try to do additional extension. She also has a 30 day grace period at the end of her J-1 that she can use. Also, even if she falls out of status and begins to accrue unlawful presence in the U.S., there is no penalty to come back to the U.S. on an immigrant visa unless she reaches 180 days of unlawful presence. So as long as she leaves before 180 days of unlawful presence, there is no penalty to come back to the U.S. What I am saying is that in the end, if she isn't able to get the extension, she will have a few months of being illegal in the U.S. that will not hurt her chances to come back. Or if the waiver is approved, she can stay and you can apply for her to do Adjustment of Status and it would not matter that she is out of status because you are a U.S. Citizen.

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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
if the J-1 (DS-2019) ends on October 31 (that is the extension for the board exam), she has the 30 day grace period. That part I understand.
Are you saying that she can remain here in the US unlawfully up until 179 days without impacting her future immigration chances of coming back to the US?OR of course if approved, the the same is true? (what if 'hardship' is approved October 31, 2017 - last day of the J-1), can she remain here 181 days while waiting for adjustment? Or only the 179/180 days?You have been very helpful, by the way :)

Of coming back on an immigrant visa, correct. For coming back on a non-immigrant visa, there is no automatic penalty, but she would have to convince a visa officer that her overstay was brief reasonable and would not happen again.

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Guillermo J. Senmartin, Esq., Immigration Lawyer
Category: Immigration Law
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Experience: 10+ years of experience in various aspects of U.S. Immigration Law.
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