He will likely have to leave the country because be would not qualify as a dependent without a wife.
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To stay in the US, he must have the means to do so. A divorce does not provide those means. He will also have to either meet the 2 year foreign residency requirement or obtain a waiver if he is subject to that requirement.
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If he gets a divorce, he can still apply for a J waiver. There are hundreds of unfilled Conrad 30 slots.
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