Hi, I am in a very tight situation. I am a resident of germany and I have a B2 visa valid till Dec 2013. I got a research job from rutgers university in NJ. The category of visa for the job is J1. I went back to germany to process my J1 visa and i was told that your visa would take additional processing time and it has been 5 weeks and still there is no reply. I was supposed to start my job on the 5th week. If i don't show up by next Wednesday they are going to terminate my job. I am planning to travel on B2 Visa for the time being and once i get email that my visa is processed (removed from administrative processing) i will travel to germany on my B2 Visa and have my J1 visa stamped and travel back on it.
I just want your advice whether there is some issue with the whole process
NO ... do not do it ... NO
Sure, you can use the B to travel to the US ... but you can NOT WORK.
Don't even think of walking around the research lab on a B visa.
Plus, if the Consul learns of your trip to the US ... they can refuse to issue you the J visa.
Rutgers isn't that 'horrible' of a university .... talk to the person above the person you've been talking to.
I don't see how being in NJ in person without being able to work will be any more convincing to get Rutgers to keep the job open for you. If you go ahead with this trip on your B-2 visa, then you should be prepared for the U.S. consulate and the airport immigration officials not to believe you if you claim that you did not work unlawfully while you were in the U.S. If the university won't keep the position open until you get the J-1 visa, you may simply be out of luck. But I think you should try to communicate with others at the university first. You cannot be the first J-1 researcher at Rutgers who has gone through this exact experience of delay in visa issuance.
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