Canadians Not Bound By J-1 Visa Waiting Period, Judge Says

By Nicole Narea (March 28, 2019, 9:46 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge ruled Wednesday that Canadians do not have to leave the U.S. for two years after completing medical school on J-1 visas in order to be allowed back into the country for work, finding that U.S. Customs and Border Protection had wrongfully denied entry to a Canadian doctor.

Holders of J-1 visas, which are issued to visiting academics, cannot obtain other immigrant and nonimmigrant visas at foreign consulates until they have left the U.S. and lived abroad for at least two years. Canadians, however, do not need a visa to enter the U.S.

The court found Wednesday...

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