Applying for no-objection might work, unless you are in DOS "skills list".
No, you do NOT need any "offer" from any employer to apply for the waiver based on "no objection".
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Had your government sponsored your program, then yes, which is not the case with UC-Irvine.
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You can try.
But be forewarned, the PROC doesn't like these waivers and may resist.
As difficult as it may seem now ... you might be wise to wait until December 2014 before you return to the US.
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