J-1 Visa Success Story: Egyptian national, Form I-612 Waiver Approval

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  • Date of submission: 12/19/2018
  • Date of approval: 11/06/2019

J-1 Visa Waiver Approval Notice: I-612 Application to wave foreign residence requirements




The holiday season is a time for family and togetherness. In our line of work, we are fortunate. In fact, we are able to help many families remain in the United States together. We had the pleasure of working with an Egyptian national who came to the United States on a J-1 visa. Client activity is to conduct cutting-edge research on environmental problems related to water contamination and the effect of aquatic life. He was subject to the two-year residency requirement, which would have meant that his two United States-born daughters who would have had to go to Egypt with him. This, if the waiver of the requirement were not approved. His youngest daughter has suffered from a host of health issues since birth. Her relocation to Egypt where medical standards are well below those of the United States could have disastrous long-term consequences. His daughter suffered from difficulty breathing at birth. This condition could lead to various health concerns in the future, including hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy.

Proving Extreme Hardship to the USCIS

The Ranchod Law Group was able to successfully overcome the high burden to show that client’s daughters would suffer extreme hardship. If the waiver were denied, they would be required to live in Egypt for two years.

We were able to demonstrate to USCIS that even two years spent in Egypt would adversely affect client’s two daughters. Thanks to our in-depth country research, intensive document collection, and our no-stone-unturned approach. We covered arguments spanning from:

  • medical standards in Egypt;
  • safety of children;
  • economic conditions in the country and how they would affect the two girls’ quality of life.

After receiving a challenging Request For Evidence (RFE), we were able to secure an approval for our client’s waiver application in less than one year. Our clients will rest a bit easier this holiday season, knowing that their family can remain in the United States and maintain their quality of life.

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