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Italian citizens who obtained a J-1 visa (Exchange Visitor Program), subject to the biennial return to Italy (the visa must bear expressly the wording "two years rule does apply") and despite this obligation wish to extend their stay in order to pursue further research or accept an offer of employment from a U.S. agency or institution, you are required to apply for a special waiver from the U.S. Department of State and then obtain a No Objection Statement from the Embassy of Italy in Washington (DC).

The No Objection Statement must be requested to the Embassy of Italy in Washington in compliance with the following:

  • A brief request in Italian specifying the reasons for the waiver application is to be submitted promptly thereafter to the Consular Office, by e-mail at The request must be accompanied by the following documents:
    1. A copy of the passport (pages containing personal data and visas only);
    2. Copy of all J1 visas (even expired) obtained by the United States Government
    3. A complete and updated curriculum vitæ in Italian in Word format (cvs in English will not be considered) containing all contact information;
    4. A copy of the document from the U.S. Department of State intitled "Third Party Barcode Page" (1 page only, not the entire package).

The average wait time for the release of the No Objection Statement is about 45 days to be counted from the email application or from the documentation completion (if requested). Submissions will be reviewed, without exception, in the order they are received.

How the process evolves:

  • After reviewing each application, the Embassy office requests authorization from the Ministry of Education, University, and Research (MIUR), which typically responds within one month.
  • Once approval has been received from the Ministry of Education, the Consular Office provides a “No Objection Statement” to the U.S. Department of State.
  • The involvement of the Consular Office terminates with the submission of the statement to the Department of State and no communication will be sent to the applicant.

The Consular Office transmits waivers for Fulbright recipients as well. Please bear in mind that it may take some time before a response is received from U.S. Authorities.

To contact the J-1 Waivers Office, click here

Please, be informed, that the email address does not answer questions related to the granting of entry visas in Italy.