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Is his J-1 subject to 212(e), the requirement that he go home for 2 years? How long will this internship be for?
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You can check to see if his J-1 is subject to that 2 year rule by checking the visa stamp in his passport or his DS-2019.
It's an additional fee for independent communication outside of the website. As far as your question, he could change status to B-2 status without leaving the U.S. He would have to file an I-539 which can be found here:
He would have to explain the following:
1) How much time he needs.
2) Why he needs so much time.
3) Why he couldn't do what he needed to do during the time he had on J-1.
4) How he would be supporting himself for this additional time since he is not allowed to work.
5) What STRONG ties he has to his home country to ensure that he will go back.
6) What preparations he has made to go back.
He could also change status to F-1 student status as well if he found a school willing to accept him. Here is a link:
If he wants to stay to work, that's probably not going to happen. All those visas are used up until October 1, 2017. That is correct, 2017, not 2016. The exception is if he applies for a cap-exempt job and those are at an institution of higher education or its affiliated or related nonprofit entities or a nonprofit research organization, or a government research organization. Those are not subject to this numerical cap.
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