Regardless of who pays fees and unless affirmatively agreed to the contrary,
an attorney has an equal obligation to both the employer & the IMG during the
J-1 waiver & H-1B process.
Open up line of communication with the attorney. Make sure you are getting
all copies of correspondence with employer and government agency. Make
sure you understand what your lawyer is doing in your case.
Why hire an attorney? The J-1 process is complex, extremely detail oriented,
& very time consuming. An attorney ensures 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 process?
• Have you worked in the state I’m looking to work in?
• How do you charge? (Flat fee or hourly)
State J-1 Waiver Officer
State official who will review the J-1 waiver application & recommend the
waiver for approval.
Usually, are accessible to inquiries.
Useful source of information & guidance on state waiver policies.