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J-1 Exceptional Hardship Waiver and Why the Visa Process is Taking Longer Now

Overcoming the challenges inherent to the immigration process is difficult, but the process can be made a lot less stressful through the services of a talented immigration attorney. While the current political climate makes the process a little more complicated, the process can still be completed, especially with professional help.

Melissa Oklan is admitted to the Florida Bar and is an Associate Attorney at the Ranchod Law Group. Melissa exclusively practices immigration and nationality law and has built a successful career assisting immigrants. In fact, Melissa went to Law School precisely to become an immigration attorney, and that passion has fueled her success. Melissa earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Criminal Justice from Florida International University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law. 

In this episode, host Kaushik Ranchod sits down with Melissa to talk about her story and why she became an immigration attorney, what exceptional hardship is, and why the immigration process is taking longer than is used to.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • [2:06] Melissa’ background and why she became an immigration attorney
  • [6:07] What is a J-1 Waiver, and how to get one
  • [8:00] The latest changes to immigration in the Trump Administration
  • [11:31] What is “exceptional hardship”?
  • [17:22] The J-1 Hardship Waiver is taking longer than it used to
  • [19:10] What Melissa likes most about taking these cases

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Ranchod Law Group has a mission to provide freedom and prosperity for immigrants and help more businesses to connect to top talent. The Ranchod Law Group believes that immigrants add tremendous value to the US economy seek to help companies grow with help from the immigrant talent that can contribute to their bottom line. 

They also help immigrants navigate the complicated immigration process today. Ranchod Law Group has been in business for nearly 20 years in Northern California and serves clients nationwide. Contact Ranchod Law Group today for details on how the firm can help you to solve your immigration challenges. You can visit Ranchod Law Group or call 916-613-3553 or email info@ranchodlaw.com.


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