J-2 pending, can I cancel it and apply for my own J-1?

Asked about 1 year ago - Miami, FL

I was working with J-1 status, then laid off, so I applied for an AOS to J-2 through my spouse, so I could legally stay in the country and pursue interviews etc. My J-2 is pending and a job opportunity came up, they 'll sposnsor my J-1. What is the procedure ? Should I cancel my J-2 application ? And then go back to my country to issue my own J-1 at the embassy ? Would that be a problem in any way ?

Additional information

Can I apply for an AOS for J-1 here in the US or need to go through the embassy? If I apply here, how much would it take for an AOS?

Attorney answers (4)

  1. Alexander Joseph Segal

    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . SInce 2019 is needed for J1, you first need to find a sponsor. No need to cancel anything.

    The information contained in this answer is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed... more
  2. J. Thomas Smith Ph.D.


    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . I agree with my colleagues. You need another sponsor and a new application.

    Law Offices of J Thomas Smith J.D., Ph.D 11500 Northwest Freeway, Suite 280 Houston, TX 77092 713-LAWYER-2 www.... more
  3. Stephen D. Berman

    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . You can file another application for change of status to J1.

    The above is intended only as general information, and does not constitute legal advice. You must speak with an... more
  4. Alexander M. Ivakhnenko

    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . You may apply, as permitted to any legitimate COS as a J-1 Applicant without cancelling anything.

    DISCLAIMER The answer given above by the lawyer serves for educational purposes only and provides general... more

Related Topics

US visas

There are many types of immigrant and non-immigrant visas, including work visas, student visas, and marriage visas.

J1 student visa

J-1 visas are an option for students who are receiving sponsorship to participate in cultural or educational programs in the United States.

Can't find what you're looking for? Ask a Lawyer

Get free answers from experienced attorneys.


Ask now

18,297 answers this week

2,422 attorneys answering

Ask a Lawyer

Get answers from top-rated lawyers.

  • It's FREE
  • It's easy
  • It's anonymous

18,297 answers this week

2,422 attorneys answering