Is her potential employer a J sponsor? She will first need to receive form DS-9029 from her J sponsor.
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She will need to find a J1 qualified organization and should make sure the 2 year home residency requirement does not attach.
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Once she receives a DS-2019 from a program sponsor, she can change status from H-4 to J-1. See USCIS Form I-539 and instructions on the USCIS website.
There are three ways one can become subject to the two-year foreign residence requirement. These are: (1) government funding (U.S. or foreign government funding); (2) home country skills list; and (3) participation in graduate medical education.
One subject to the two-year foreign residence requirement faces several legal disabilities. Specifically, one subject cannot: (1) apply for H or L visa stamps; (2) apply for the green card; and (3) apply for an immigrant visa. One subject cannot change status from J-1 to any other nonimmigrant status in the United States, except A or G visa status unless they obtain a waiver.
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