You need to consult with an attorney as to your possibilities: they depend on your occupation; family situation, country of origin, etc.
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Burden is on you to prove the requisite two years overseas with passport stamps, rental contracts, employment contracts, etc. I owuld not recommend getting the waiver until you know what you are doing. Onc eyou obtin the waiver you will not be able to extend the J-1 if that is what you decide to do.
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With 8 months left on the completion of your HHR, I would not do the waiver.
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To obtain a waiver may take you 8 months. I may be simpler and possibly faster to complete the remaining 8 months of the two years outside the US.
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