can someone please explain what exactly is the 24 month bar,
as attached to the J-1 visa
in the research/professor category. I will explain the scenario :
I have been offered a post-doctoral position, and i have been sent the
form ds-2019, for J1 visa.
the tenure lasts for 2 years (as i have already spent 3 years in a
similar position, but outside US).
I am also subject to 2 year HRR, waived only by the no-objection from
my home government.
It would be nice if someone could interpret the consequences in light
of the 24 month bar, and considering the fact that i would like to
spend a continuous amount of time (4-5 years) with the same project,
without a possible break introduces by this bar. What would happen,
if, I am at the end of my contract in the J-1 status? What can the
employer do to keep me in the same project? How can i shift to a
different research project (not very far off from
the objective of the present one) then?
I am not currently in the US