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  1. #1
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    Default How Does the J1 Return to Home Country Requirement Work

    I want to find out what counts as a "day" toward the home residence requirement. I am in a unique situation in that I live adjacent to the border of Canada and the United States. My husband is American and he can't be living in Canada for his job. I want to know whether I have to be in Canada for 24 consecutive hours to count as a day (toward my two years), or if I could be in Canada for a small portion of the day and then visit my husband in America and have that still count?! I can't find any clear information as to what would count. Can anyone help?!

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    Default Re: How Does the J1 Return to Home Country Requirement Work

    Is your home country Canada? The two year home residency requires you to go to your home country, not just get out of the US. If you're not back in your home country (or your last country of residence before coming to the US) for an entire 24 hour period, they're not going to count the time at all.

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    Default Re: How Does the J1 Return to Home Country Requirement Work

    Yes my home country is Canada.
    Where can you find a source supporting what you are saying re the 24 hour period? I can't seem to find this information anywhere.

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    Default Re: How Does the J1 Return to Home Country Requirement Work

    They use dates. If you don't arrive and depart on different days, it doesn't count. Believe me or not, but if you want a definitive read either contact the USCIS or hire a lawyer..

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