Regardless of who pays fees and unless affirmatively agreed to the contrary, an attorney has an equal obligation to
both the employer and the IMG during the J-1 waiver and H-1B process.
Open up line of communication with the attorney. Make sure you are getting all copies of correspondence with the
candidate and government agency. Make sure you understand what your lawyer is doing in your case.
The J-1 waiver process is complex, detail oriented, and very time consuming. An attorney may ensure things are
done effectively and in an efficient manner.
Questions to ask an attorney before hiring
• What is your history working with the J-1 waiver process?
• Do you have prior experience working in the J-1 waiver process in our state?
• How do you charge? (Flat fee or hourly)
State J-1 Waiver Officer
State official who will review the J-1 waiver application and recommend the waiver for approval.
Usually, are accessible to inquiries.
Useful source of information and guidance on state waiver policies.
“Players” Involved in the J-1 Visa Waiver Process