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I am a South African working at a resort in Austin TX

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Hi there.. I am a South African working at a resort in Austin TX completing a Hospitality internship On a J1 Visa.

Lawyer's Assistant: What is your official status? Do you have any pending applications or petitions with USCIS?

J1

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?

No but I would like to

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

I would like to remain in the US for another year after my j1 visa expires and I need as much guidance as possible as to all available options and avenues

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Immigration Law
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Immigration Lawyer: Jen Marie, Esq., Immigration Attorney replied 8 months ago
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Immigration Lawyer: Jen Marie, Esq., Immigration Attorney replied 8 months ago

Are you subject to the 2 year home residency requirement?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I'm not sure.. i am here through a company called Alience Abroad Group and the program is designed for us to come for a year and then go home
Immigration Lawyer: Jen Marie, Esq., Immigration Attorney replied 8 months ago

You would need to give me that information for me to help you. It would be written on your J1 visa if you are.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Okay so my visa clearly states that the 2 year rule does not apply
Immigration Lawyer: Jen Marie, Esq., Immigration Attorney replied 8 months ago

Great. If you would like to remain in the US for some more time after your visa expires, one option you have is to get another J1 visa. Some other common options are below:

Another option is to change your status to B2 tourist visa which you can get for 6 months at a time. You would submit application I-539 while your J1 is still valid.

You can also apply to change your status to a student visa if you apply and are approved in a school that accepts F1 students. You also submit I-539 while your J1 is still valid.

Good luck to you and I hope this answer has helped you!

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