Two-Year Requirement Workshops

This general information workshop is for UC Berkeley international students and scholars whose immigration status is J-1 and J-2 and who are subject to the two-year home country physical presence requirement. Not all J exchange visitors are subject to this requirement.

J exchange visitors (students and scholars) who are subject to this requirement must return to their country of last legal permanent residence for two years or obtain a waiver of this requirement before they are eligible for H (temporary employment), L status (intracompany transfer), K (fiancé(e)) or Permanent Residence (a green card). Read more about this rule here.


  • Purpose and requirements of J Exchange Visitor Program
  • What makes a J Exchange Visitor subject to the Two-Year Home Country requirement
  • Considerations for timing the application of a waiver
  • When to see an adviser at Berkeley International Office


All workshops will be held online via Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spring 2023 Schedule

  • Thursday, February 16, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PT (register)

Additional Information

  • We recommend having copies of your current and previous Form DS-2019s and your passport available so you can reference them during the presentation.